Sculpture – head of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.(2 Timothy 3:12)
In this charge, Paul told Timothy that people who obey God and live for Christ will be persecuted. Don’t be surprised when people misunderstand, criticize, and even try to hurt you because of what you believe and how you live. Don’t give up. Continue to live as you know you should. God is the only one you need to please.
See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted.
I will give him the honors of one who is mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.
The attitude exist, because God wants us to build our commitment to Him. He wants us to place Him first in your life and love so you can choose to love Him with your WHOLE heart, mind, soul, and strength.
His desires and wants should be the most important things in your life, more than anything else in our life. This means that everything else must be downgraded. And he uses persecution (to afflict or harass constantly so as to distress for reasons of religion – to trouble or annoy).
We need to come to the place where you know which love you are living for, and for this cause you should not be afraid to suffer and, if need be, die. We need to be willing to “take the heat” and stand alone for what is right in this love affair. We need to take any criticism without self pity or self righteousness. And we need to have the ability to stand up for what our lover – God desires without getting defensive or compromising our shared love. When we can do this, we will inherit the love fest in heaven to be with our lover.
We should not think that this is unusual. We may need to do similar things in family, school, work relationships. Where ever any relationship exist that would require us to go against the flow of the regular society we live in. Example:: Instead of going out and parting, going home and caring for a spousal or parental need.
All this going against the normal flow of the society will build your relationships and improve the quality of your life.