Godliness and Persecution
In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.—2 Timothy 3:12
a godly life will not insulate you from hardship. Paul said that the
more blameless your life, the more likely you will be persecuted.
According to Paul, "evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse” (2
Tim. 3:13). As the world increasingly embraces sin, worldly people are
becoming increasingly intolerant of godliness. Darkness cannot tolerate
light; the more your life illuminates the presence of Christ, the more
you should expect opposition from the forces of darkness. Your
Christlike nature will be offensive to those in rebellion against
You may have
recently repented of your sin and taken a new step of obedience to God.
Perhaps you expected to experience God's blessing immediately as He
demonstrated His approval of your obedience. Instead, you were met with
opposition. The persecution may have come even from other Christians who
misunderstood your motives. Perhaps you obeyed God, and still your
actions were met with criticism instead of praise.
you are sincerely following the Lord's direction, don't be discouraged.
Paul warned that those who seek to live godly lives will suffer
persecution. Do not be surprised when this happens to you. If the world
crucified the Son of God, surely the world will be hostile to anyone who
lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. Persecution may be the best
evidence that your life is like that of Christ. Jesus warned that the
world hated Him, the Savior, and so it would certainly misunderstand and
mistreat His disciples (John 15:18).
—Experiencing God Day by Day