(1 Peter 4:16 NIV)
Don’t be Ashamed
This verse is based on personal experience of Peter.
In Acts, we read of Peter and John being taken before the Sanhedrin.
[Gamaliel’s] speech persuaded [the Sanhedrin]. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Acts 5:40-41
Only after being punished for preaching Christ are the sent away.
Peter and James are rejoicing as the leave for being considered worthy to suffer for The Gospel.
Next time someone rolls their eyes when you mention a Christian principle as an example, don't be ashamed!
Keep on with doing what you know Christ wants you to do.
May God bless you in the coming year!
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