Be happy if you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God will come upon you.
1 Peter 4:14 (NLT)
Happy probably isn’t the first, or even second, or third, word I’d use to describe how I feel when I’m insulted.
HAPPY: Lucky; fortunate; successful.
It may seem more than a little counterintuitive, but in order to be counted as a successful Christian, you will have to be insulted for it.
It’s not that we should go looking for persecution, but if you are living the life God has called all of His children to, it will find you. If you’ve never been insulted or persecuted because of your faith you either live in a very small bubble, or you’re not really living your faith to the extent you should be.
There is something about Christianity that rubs the rest of the world the wrong way—and they usually aren’t afraid to let you know about it. And when those those insults come flying your way, they are nothing to shy away from. We should be boldly facing them head on.
But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name!
1 Peter 4:16 (NLT)
It is to our benefit to be called out for our faith. If we endure, we become stronger for it. And though the world would try to bring us shame, they only bring us further glory through our association with God the Father.
So even in the trials and the insults, be happy. Put the world behind you and focus on God before you.
Daily Bible reading: Ezekiel 38-39, 1 Peter 4