Faith Worth Fighting For
By Christy Young
We are living in a world of persecution! Would you agree? Seems like everyone has a difference of opinion; politically or otherwise. COVID has separated the body of believers and pitted us against one another. Churches are slowly diminishing and Christians are divided. What an attack from the adversary! How should we react as Christians? What do we do when people attack us because of our beliefs? I think we all can agree, it hurts to be persecuted.
So how do you forgive those that are against you, even if they don’t deserve it? Romans 12 states, “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them, pray that God will bless them.” So, the Bible commands us to pray asking God to bless them. I’ll admit that this is a hard command to follow. We are living in a time that people are harassing you for standing on biblical principles and adhering to the commandments outlined in the Bible. But I truly believe that daily the Bible is being fulfilled before our eyes. 2 Timothy 3:12 states that “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Every follower of Jesus will in time face persecution if you stand firm in your faith. Jesus suffered persecution during His reign on Earth, but He didn’t give up on us. No matter how hard this life seems, we have hope. Don’t give up on Him. He has gone to prepare a place for us, Heaven. I often imagine what Heaven will be like….no pain, no sickness, no troubles. Wow, a place of perfect refuge! Hope such as this gives us a reason to persevere.
The enemy will attack us daily with discouragement and persecution, but remember we serve a Mighty God who is worth standing up for. Although we can feel defeated and alone in these trying times, our Father has not forsaken us. We have a purpose in this life, to serve and honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Let your light shine bright, no matter the circumstances before us. Pray without ceasing, lifting up your enemies to the King of Kings. Shine until Jesus comes, a better day is ahead. Our hope is Jesus! James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” Realize that your commitment and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is worth fighting for.
Christy Young is the blessed wife of Chris Young and the proud mother of Hunter and Holden. She is a life-long resident of Mitchell County, works at Mitchell County Finance Office, and is a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church.
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