If you aren’t already being persecuted for your faith, it may mean that no one can tell that you are a Christian.

Persecution for your faith can take different forms, and it usually involves suffering in one degree or another. In some countries, Christians are being arrested, beaten, and even murdered for their faith in God. Any persecution you have endured probably hasn’t been that severe, but it could still have involved suffering on your part. Even verbal ridicule can be tough to take.

If you suffer for being a Christian, no matter what the extent, you can rejoice in the fact that it’s a privilege. That’s right. Rejoice, because when you suffer for claiming the name of Christ, you are being identified with God. It is a privilege to be a child of God, even if you are insulted for it.

Be happy if you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God will come upon you. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name! 1 Peter 4:14,16

Posted on December 16, 2012, in Daily Devotionals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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