Honored to Be Dishonored

After they called in the apostles and had them flogged, they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. Then they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the Name. Every day in the temple complex, and in various homes, they continued teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:40-42 HCSB

Have you ever thought of persecution and a beating as a blessing? Peter and the apostles praised God that He counted them worthy to be treated like their Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus was not only beaten but was killed. Just like Peter and the apostles, we should be willing to suffer on behalf of Jesus. We may not be beaten but we may be mocked, slandered, and ridiculed for our faith.

Even though Peter and the apostles had been instructed to stop speaking about Jesus, every day they went to the temple complex and homes proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Messiah who could provide forgiveness of sin and eternal life to those who believed in Him. They were not afraid of what might happen to them because they knew they were doing what God had called them to do.

Challenge: Count it all joy when you are persecuted for your beliefs. God has counted you worthy of suffering dishonor for the Name of Jesus Christ.

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