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Stand Firm

1 Peter 4:16 - “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name”

We should never be embarrassed for standing for the truth and doing what’s right. What are our ‘sufferings’ especially when we live in a free country like the USA? Is an insult going to kill us? No. Is a put

down going to kill us? No. Is somebody calling us a name or labeling us because we’ve made a stand for Christ going to hurt us? No. Is some troll on the Internet who’s trying to bait us and get us in an argument going to take us down? No. It’s not going to kill us.

We need to understand something that will liberate our life: We don’t need other people’s approval to be happy.

You may have been trying to get the approval of a certain person for many years. I hate to tell you, but if you haven’t got it by now, you may never get it. The good news is you don’t need it! You don’t need anybody’s approval in order to be happy.

No matter what you do in life, somebody’s not going to like it. You can’t avoid disapproval. So if you’re going to have people’s disapproval either way, you may as well have their disapproval for doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing.

This is important to remember as you face opposition. If other people’s opinion matters more to you than God’s opinion, then you’re going to crumble when those people attack you because of your faith in Jesus. But if you focus on God and what you know is right, then you can make a firm stand.

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