When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. Acts 11:23 (NIV)
We learn from Scripture that the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch [Acts 11:26 (NIV)]. We also learned that early Christians were persecuted. In spite of their fear, many continued to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that persecution can come in many forms and not always result in physical abuse. May we be mindful of the forms of persecution that Christians may face. May we seek to protect others from harm when we are able to do so. May we trust in the Lord to protect us from harm or be with us when we are being hurt for the cause of Christ. May we claim the boldness of Christ to speak the Truth and may we support and encourage others who do the same. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Passage: Acts 11:19-26