We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Kelly Bryant.
“12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”
1 Peter 4:12-13
Have you ever felt ostracized because of your faith? Maybe you’ve been ridiculed for declining to participate in certain activities or discussions or for the time you dedicate to going to church or reading the Bible. Perhaps you’ve even had the experience of living in a part of the world where it’s dangerous to share your faith. Peter tells believers that we should expect to face adversity because we have chosen to live differently. Allowing God’s word to dictate how you live will always cause you to stand out against the backdrop of our culture.
Culture tells us to value our own happiness over everything else. The Bible says to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31).
Culture tells us to block, cancel and erase others who offend us. The Bible says to forgive. (Matthew 6:14)
Culture tells us that success comes through gaining money and power. The scripture tells us that being ruled by a desire for material things leads to destruction. (I Timothy 6:7-10)
Sometimes feeling different from those around you can make you feel like you’re alone. But friends, remember that being ridiculed for being set apart is not the same as being cast aside. When you remember that you’re playing the long game- living your life for the joy of seeing God’s glory- it’s easier to endure the rejections you face for choosing a life that doesn’t follow society’s trends. I’d rather have the enduring approval of my heavenly father than the short-lived acceptance of this world. He is enough. Because he loves me, I am enough.
Father, thank you for the work of Christ that allows us the opportunity to accept forgiveness and be redeemed. We pray that you continue the good work that you have begun in us. We pray that we endure the trials that come upon us and to show Christ-likeness. Continue to strengthen us and give us wisdom through what we are going through. Thank you for being faithful and helping us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read 1 Peter 2 and meditate on what Christ has done for you, and how your life should reflect his as a result of his work. Ask God what he wants to teach you through the hardships you are in.
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