The price of following Jesus

If you are a Christian the Bible says that the world will hate you for being a Christian.  There is a price of following Jesus.  Following as a Christian in Jesus’ steps will bring certain persecution.  If you are living up to your faith and walking in Jesus’ steps like you should you will face persecution.  “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philipians 1:21.  Basically, if you are a Christian and die you are going to heaven, a much better place.  But he wrote this at a time when people did die for their faith.  (People do die all the time for their faith in countries other than America such as China, North Korea etc.)  But coming soon, I think, will come a time when people will die in America for their faith. (the last times) This is (as I like to refer to it as) our training period.  How sad it would be if as a Christian we gave way to temptation and denyed our Lord as Peter did in the Bible.  But this is the price of following Jesus.  Jesus was persecuted all the time.  If we are following in His steps by preaching the gospel, we will be insulted, and maybe even publically slandered, and if we are not persecuted it can be a sign that we should be following Jesus even more.  I know I am guilty of this.  It is hard sharing your faith with your non-Christian friends.  But it is what Jesus would do and what He instuctes us to do.

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