3/8: A Pat on the Back from Jesus

 

Every now and then, it’s nice to get a pat on the back. We all like to be encouraged. However, it’s especially tough to find encouragement about being a Christian in the times in which we live. When we are truly living what we believe, society doesn’t encourage that. Why? That’s because society is moving more and more rapidly away from the idea that absolute truth exists. No longer do a large number of people accept or respect the tenets laid forth in the Bible. For example:

  • “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” has become “follow whatever path seems right to you; God will understand that you were sincere.”
  • “Thou shalt not covet” has become “get all you can while you can by any means necessary.”
  • “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” has become “do unto others before they do unto you and utterly destroy them in the process.”
  • “Thou shalt not do murder” has become “kill the unborn in the womb if the pregnancy is an inconvenience, and kill the elderly and handicapped because they can’t possibly have any real quality of life as we estimate it.”
  • “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind (or do not participate in homosexual activity)” has become “change the laws to grant same sex marriage and adoptions, recognizing same sex unions as not only lawful but right.”

To speak out in any way as the Bible does to these and many other anti-Biblical trends is to invite being labeled as a bigot and even to be brought before a court as one who has committed a hate crime.

Jesus was very much aware of what His disciples – that includes us – would have to face by insisting upon standing for the truth of His Word. Like the loving Savior that He is, He left us some encouragement as we stand strong for Him. Mark 10:29-30 says, “So Jesus answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.’” (NKJ)

We can expect persecution for what we believe, but stand strong. Reward will come not only in the next life, but in this one as well. Receive this pat on the back from Jesus today.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

 

 

~ by sanewriter on March 8, 2013.

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