Shame for the Name


shameThey departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. — Acts 5:41 KJV

Peter and disciples had just been arrested for preaching Jesus. The Sanhedrin whipped them and warned them to stop. Threats and beatings are what made them rejoice.

Are you suffering for Christ? Take heart. That is what the disciples did. They didn’t get discouraged. They didn’t ask, “Why, God?” They praised God for the difficulties and dug in. They prayed for strength to continue.

Don’t give up, if you are fighting the good fight. Rejoice for the opposition, for the reverses, for the trials. Things appear to be spiraling out of control. In reality, God has everything under control and will work it all out in ways you can’t imagine.

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9 responses to “Shame for the Name

  1. I will be holding on to this paragraph this week most of all: “Things appear to be spiraling out of control. In reality, God has everything under control and will work it all out in ways you can’t imagine.” Thanks for the hope!

  2. I got interviewed for the newspaper this past week, and a very complimentary article appeared in yesterday’s paper. Frankly, that makes me be concerned as to whether I’m doing things right. If the article draws people to this church, and especially to Christ, then I rejoice. Otherwise, I’d just as soon it not have been done.

  3. jacqui aka shofargirl

    Very encouraging my whole family rejected me for Christ but Jesus is worth it oh so worth it despite everything. God Bless x

  4. Thank you for that encouragement in light of God’s Sovereignty

  5. Paul even commented “I boast in my infirmities”

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