Good morning people who keep sharing the good news
Acts 14:5-7 There was a plot afoot among the Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them (Paul and Barnabas for preaching the good news) and stone them. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the good news.
In the face of opposition, the apostles continued to preach the good news.
They did not allow persecution to silence them. When they arrived in another place, they did not sit back and say, “Well we gave it go; we told people about Jesus but that didn’t go down too well. Maybe we should leave that to the other disciples.” No they continued to preach the good news.
They did not allow persecution to taint their good news message and turn it into something bitter. It’s very easy for disappointment and hurt to turn our living water into a poisonous drink for others. Paul and Barnabas kept the good news the good news.
Paul acknowledged in other passages that he counted it a privilege to be identified with Christ in His suffering.
I’m not sure I do this well.
How do we view persecution…if it were to happen to us?
How do we view suffering for the sake of Christ?
How about insults and ridicule?
Do we shrink back and allow disappointment to rule or do we continue to preach the good news about Jesus Christ?
May we all freely give our all for the One Who freely gave His all for us.