They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
Struggles and persecutions are promised us in our human experience but if we walk in faith with Jesus they will always lead to new life. It’s the path Jesus showed us. In today’s scripture passage, Paul had just been stoned and dragged out of a city for preaching about the risen Christ. He somehow survived. Rough treatment for someone doing God’s work! Notice how the disciples didn’t plan retaliation. They didn’t form a militia for a counter-attack. They simply moved on with the same message of unconditional love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion. For this is the only way the kingdom of God will break into the present! They learned well from Jesus. Have we?
Suggested song of the day– “Salvation” on the Live to Love album.
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Remember…God loves you!