“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified” (1 Peter 4:14).Text — 1 Peter 4:12-16
Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in a country called Romania. He and his wife, Sabina suffered much under the ruling Nazi government. The regime was against Christianity, they persecuted many believers for their faith in Christ. Richard and Sabina lost everything – their family, freedom, friends, and even health – yet they persevered. While in prison, they always took every opportunity to show the love of Christ to their persecutors. One of the Nazi soldiers was named The Butcher, for his brutality; he was one of those responsible for killing Sabina’s parents and siblings. When Sabina finally came face to face with The Butcher, she broke him down with God’s love until he too became a born again Christian.
Readiness to suffer persecution for our faith in Christ is proof of our love for Him. What is not worth dying for is not worth living for. Persecution takes different forms and comes with varying degrees of severity. We may be mocked, denied our rights, separated from company, sometimes beaten and, very rarely, killed. No price is too high to pay for Christ Who died for us.
No price is too high to pay
What is not worth dying for is not worth living for.
Prayer for today
Lord, give me grace to stand with you even unto death.