“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."-John 15:18-19 (ESV)
If we are to be popular in our world today we must live by their standards, embrace their morality but Jesus Christ said that if we follow Him that the world will hate us. This is clearly seen all over the world. It is intensifying daily because God's standards are not the world standards and if we follow Jesus we will be persecuted.
Over and over again Jesus reassures us that if we persevere we will be rewarded abundantly for all eternity. Do give up! Be strong and courageous! Persevere!
" Father, things are difficult these days for your followers. Give us the strength, the courage, the boldness to stand strong. To be able to withstand the onslaught to the persecution.-Amen!