Today’s Scripture…2 Timothy 1:8-12

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2 Timothy 1:8-12 (NIV)

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

The love of our Lord God is astounding! It is rich, deep, unconditional, unchanging, and most certainly…undeserved!

We are sinners. We have always been weak in the flesh. And the temptations of this world are those to which we fall so often. Yet because of the nature of the Father’s love, reconciling us unto Him through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, we have grace to forgive our transgressions over and over again.

However, we are hesitant, fearful, and even ashamed in some ways to share this love with others. We fear persecution of many kinds. We distress over acceptance by the worldly. We agonize over being rejected, laughed at, made fun of, being excluded, etc.

But this is our audience. They are the field we need to tend to. They are the ones who need to hear about the Savior most desperately…

I admit that the thought of telling others that we are believers in God; that we are believers and people of faith can feel awkward at times. But many of us have found over time that most people will respect an admission of faith from us. Some may even confess a faith of their own. And if they do that, the door is open for continued discussion and fears are eased.

And how good is the news we have to share! The grace to forgive sins is available through the Savior Jesus Christ. He has defeated spiritual death at the cross. He has brought life and light to us through the gospel. And we, as were the disciples and apostles of Christ before us, are ambassadors of this good news to the world!

Yes, we may run across some people who will argue with us, perhaps even insult and make fun of us for daring to mention faith in God or eternal salvation. And in those situations, it may be hard for us to bear up.

But as we are told in (Matthew 5:11)…Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”  And also remember the words of (James 1:2-3)…”Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.…”

Yes we may face abuse and slander at times for professing our faith to others. But it “comes with the territory” of being a faithful Christian. Consider these pejorative remarks as nothing. Do not take them to heart. Instead, judge them to be the blessings they are for standing up and proclaiming our Lord!

Use the common sense God gave us all. If we find friendly grounds for a conversation of any kind regarding the Lord, continue on. If not, then do not waste our efforts on those who do not want to hear about Him, or anything about belief in God. We spread the seeds, but God gives the growth…

May the Lord be with us all and give us the courage to show our faith in the ways we can. For we once lived in sin, and it was probably someone who helped bring us to the Lord’s mercy. And we all need His grace, because as His children, He is able to keep what we have done unto that day of judgment, and then forgive us with the blood of Christ!

The Lord is good to us, and we need to tell others about His compassion when and where we can…