1 Peter 4:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.
God’s children are not a part of this world. If we were we would be accepted in all arenas of life but it is good that we are not accepted in certain social settings. It is good when people see us coming and they get up and leave because they do not want to be around us. They are not rejecting us but GOD (Yahweh) in whom we serve. Do not worry or be concerned about what they say. As a matter of fact if we are living a holy and godly life than we should expect this. It’s good to be talked about for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is an honor because this means we are living correctly. We are living a life that is pleasing to God which is what we desire. God spoke good things about his Son Jesus.
Matthew 3:16-17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”
Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He did not need baptism, He was and is the Son of God. He did this as an example to the people of what to do. Jesus leads by example. It is not always listen to what I say but also do what I do.
Those who truly belong to Christ always want to do things that are pleasing to Father God. They want God to speak good about them.
Luke 10:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
Followers of Christ will not be accepted by all people. We may become the object of revilers. These are people who speak abusively to us; calling us names, using harsh and abusive language, criticizing severely and expressing strong disapproval of us. Be ready church. Do not be surprised if this happens to you. Many people are angry and believes these lies about the gospel being hate speech instead of GOD’s love. The bible says God is love (1 John 4:8). Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7). God helps us to love those who do not love us.
1 John 4:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
When we were out doing our own thing, GOD did not give up on us. He loved us in spite of ourselves. He constantly pursued us because He loved us and wanted us with Him. He let us know that we were loved and that we needed HIM for salvation. GOD wants us to do the same thing. Let the people know God loves them and that they need Jesus for their salvation. The god of this world has blinded their eyes and they do not realize this.
2 Corinthians 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Matthew 5:43-46 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45 so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
Matthew 5:11-12 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
11 “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
If it were not for God Yahweh we would not even be living right now. God gives life and God can take our life whenever He gets ready. Our life is nothing but a vapor.
James 4:14 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
14 Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.
We are here today but could be gone tomorrow. If your life would to suddenly end, where will you end up? If you have accepted the Lord as your Savior; confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believed in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9); heaven is where you will find yourself. If you have not received the Lord as your Savior and not confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and not believed in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead; hell is where you will find yourself.
People do not want to hear the truth today. They would rather hear a bunch of lies that Jesus is not real, there is no heaven or hell. Well people this is not so. Jesus is real, there is a heaven and there is a hell.
Repent!!!! Turn from wickedness today!!!!! Believe in Jesus and be saved from the wrath of God to come!!!!!!! This is true people!!!!!!!
Matthew 4:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Luke 24:46-48 King James Version (KJV)
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
Matthew 3:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
8 Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.
Those who do not receive Jesus words will be judged at the last day.