Daily Bible Reading: Luke 6:1 – 26
Verse of the Day: Luke 6:26 – “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.”
We, as Christians, often believe that because we are believers that people should like us and what we believe. However, even from early in His ministry, Jesus makes it clear that the world is no friend of grace. He gives this warning to us in what we call the Beatitudes. We read them (here and in Matthew 5) and look at the promises and see what wonderful things we can receive (being satisfied, gaining the Kingdom, comforted, filled) and miss some of the poignant considerations that Jesus gives.
We will not be liked by all. In fact, the world in general will tolerate at best and persecute at worst. Those who walk in the faith will find that we must be focused on God and not the reactions of those around us.
Prayer: Father, as I seek to walk in Your way, I will find those who like me and those who don’t. I will not succumb to popular opinion, but to Your approval. Amen.