Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God – 2 Timothy 1:8

Some people become ashamed of Jesus Christ and of some of the ministers of the Gospel, especially when they are criticized. When people insult them and cast aspersions on them and the Gospel, how do you feel? Do you become ashamed, and wish you weren’t associated with them? This was the kind of situation that Apostle Paul found himself; he had been imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, and from prison, he wrote a letter to his protégé, Timothy, saying, “Don’t be ashamed of me.”

You can imagine all kinds of terrible things that might have been said against Paul while he was in prison; only God knows what the charge was. Yet, he tells Timothy: “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8).

There’s joy and fulfillment that you get from being persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

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Prayer

Dear Father, I’m courageous about the Gospel, the only message that can save sinners, and bring them out of darkness into the glorious life of righteousness. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I minister grace to the unsaved around me, and usher them into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: Matthew 5:44; 1 Corinthians 1:18

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