Sunday Devotional: ‘You will be hated by all because of my name’

Luke 21:6, 12-19

Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

“Before all this happens, however,
they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

As FOTM‘s TrailDust put it, we dodged a bullet on November 8. God listened to our prayers and America is spared from a President Hillary.

While we, with good reason, rejoice and celebrate what nonplussed pundits call a “historic election,” our Lord Jesus Christ reminds us to be on guard, watchful and vigilant, for:

“You will be hated by all . . . they will seize and persecute you . . . they will [even] put some of you to death . . . handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends . . . .”

Why?

“Because of my name”

For, as His followers, we are not of this world. Thus, the powers and all who are of this world will always hate and persecute us. And by their hate, we will know who they are (John 8:44).

Just remember that NOTHING we endure or will experience can ever even come close to what Jesus suffered. Nothing.

So when they hate, seize, persecute and kill us, look to Him on the Cross, so that one day we can say what St. Paul said (2 Timothy 4:7):

“I have fought a good fight;
I have finished my course;
I have kept the faith.”

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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