Do Not Be Intimidated

How eager are you to do good? What if you were to be persecuted for doing good? Would you continue to do the good you desire to do? Would you attempt to do it without anyone knowing for fear of the persecution? Would you count it as a blessing if you were persecuted for doing good?

Many of us desire to do good. We want to help others, especially those who are in need. We also fear being persecuted. We want to belong to the group rather than be an outcast. We have no desire to be singled out for being different than everyone else.

Think about this, Jesus was persecuted for doing good. He healed people. He raised people from the dead. He fed people who were hungry. He taught many lessons. He even made the day of the groom on his wedding day by turning water into the best wine. He performed many miracles. For all of these wonderful things He did, He was sent to the cross.

If we are persecuted for doing good, we are no different than Jesus. Yet, we should not fear doing what is right. We should not fear doing good. We should not be intimidated and kept from doing good. Instead, we are to feel blessed for suffering for doing good. We are to commit ourselves to Christ and see Him as our Lord. Being our Lord, we should follow His example.

I pray we all continue to do good. I pray we are not intimidated from doing good. I pray each one of us follow Christ’s example and declare Him our Lord. Do good. Do not fear. Do not be intimidated. Commit yourself to Christ. Declare Christ as your Lord. Follow His example.

1 Peter 3:13-51a Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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