“All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
“The world has hated them because they are not of the world.” John 17:14
The children of God do not love and please the world — and are often greatly afflicted on account of abounding wickedness, and particularly the profanation of the Lord’s name. When you, therefore, can love the world and the world can love you, there must be much worldliness in you — for the world loves its own.
Many pretend to be Christians — but they will not endure persecution. Instead of this, they blame others for too much rashness and not acting prudently enough to avoid the mockings and hatred of the world. Therefore, they propose to take wiser measures; and, in order to do more good, take great care not to be despised and rejected. But under this pretense of wisdom and prudence, very often lie concealed a dangerous love of the world and fear of man. Be nobler-minded; live as a Christian indeed, and be not ashamed to bear the cross of Christ. “The disciple is not above his Master.” Was it the lot of Him who is eternal love, wisdom, and power — to endure the contradiction and reproach of sinners? You would be wiser than He, indeed — if you could escape the scorn and hatred of the world. Lord, give me grace, that I may give You glory.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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When the Battle is Lost but the Victory is Won — Saying Goodbye to a Friend
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- The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
- Is my TATTOO a sin?
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- Why Does the LGBT Use God’s Rainbow For Its Flag?
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- Is It a Sin to Drink ALCOHOL?
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