II Timothy 3:12 ” In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…”

When we make the decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior …our life will suddenly not become all sunshine and rainbows. And as we grow in Him towards righteousness and holiness life gets harder not easier. Jesus reminded His disciples in John 15 of this hard truth, “If the world hates you, remember they hated Me first…If they persecuted Me they’ll persecute you also.” But as we journey through life we can take comfort in this, “Though there is suffering in this life, there is also assurance of future blessing.” (II Timothy 1:12) We can’t be dissuaded or discouraged when bad things happen to us. Rather, we need to take our eyes off the problem and place them on the promise keeper.

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