Word for Today
Scriptures from the Holy Bible, King James (Authorised)
Version of 1611
1 Peter, chapter 4, verses 14-16
ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of
glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of,
but on your part he is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer,
or as a busybody in other men's matters.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him
glorify God on this behalf.
Holy Bible -- King James
Selah (Pause, and consider these things)
Good/evil; light/dark; up/down; yes/no- you get the idea, I'm sure. There
is always a conflicting view, purpose, concept (whatever!) that can be
matched to everything in this world.
By Leonard L Hamilton Jr, Encouraging Words Ministries
Do you believe in, live for, walk in Christ? Know that you will experience
everything from mild amusement to possibly deathly acts from those who
recognize God in you- and that's alright, for Jesus has told us to expect
such from unbelievers; but God is glorified when we suffer in His Name
and He will see us through any and all encounters.
But have you or I been guilty of evil, none of which is of God, not from
Christ our Lord? Our suffering then is our own, and there are none to ease
our pain and burden. God is not honored in any way by our sin. Sin cannot
be looked upon by Holy God (remember the Cross?). Our suffering then is
our own, and the shame thereof, and there is neither honor nor glory.
But if we suffer as Christians (and we will, believe me), then our suffering
is as glory and honor to God, and ourselves. There is no shame in loving
a loving Father, a Lord Who has claimed us as His own forever.
There are really only two ways to live life: as
a rebel, an outcast, bent for hell and lost forever; or as a child of a
loving God, cherished, nourished, and preserved forever in His Kingdom
and Love! Accept the free gift of grace offered by God through His Son,
Christ Jesus, and know happiness and peace eternally. Believe in Christ,
and determine to live (forever!) for Him.
The only alternative is to suffer and mourn in hell, eternally, the loss
of the greatest gift you could ever know. I wish peace and happiness for
you always- in Jesus.
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