“that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!”
The Bible is full of examples of those who faced resistance and persecution because of their faith. The prophet Jeremiah’s life was threatened because the people didn’t like the message God had given him. The apostle Paul was imprisoned because he regularly preached about Jesus’ death and resurrection. The list is large, but you can look those up for yourself. Christians in this nation have until recently enjoyed a time of almost favored status. That is changing. The erosion of religious freedom in our country has begun. We need to be ready. In the Bible we see many examples of persistence in the face of resistance. The people of God have never been ones to cower or compromise when it comes to what God’s Word clearly declares. Our goal is not to be quarrelsome or antagonistic, but we will be faithful to God. We’re able to do this boldly and confidently because Jesus’ death and resurrection have earned not only forgiveness for our sins, but also the precious gift of eternal life in a place of perfection and peace. No amount of earthly resistance can steal that precious gift. The certainty of eternal life makes us bold to be faithful to God and loving toward others in all circumstances. We press on toward our heavenly goal exercising persistence in the face of resistance here on earth.