Christian friend, don’t be surprised by…

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1 Peter 4:12 (NIV) says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.”

No doubt these are challenging times for Christian believers. The hopes we have for standards of morality in our culture are far from what we see now, and most likely, will even get worse in the future.

But, let me encourage you to keep to your faith. Although we are meant to influence this world in righteous living and peace, our citizenship is really found in another place, a Heavenly one. And though our motives are loving, the truth is often times we will be misunderstood, and even, resented. If nothing else, it just confirms the reality of the spiritual warfare that exists.

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