November 17

Luke 21:10-19

“This will give you an opportunity to testify.” vs. 13

When early Christians were arrested and hauled before courts and judges they rejoiced at the opportunity they had been given to testify concerning the living presence of Christ Jesus in their lives. That’s generally how it has always worked for people of faith. No matter what disaster or trial may come our way in the course of our journeys it will always provide a chance for witness. In fact, the more we’ve endured, the more suffering that has come our way, the more credible our words and testimony will be. When we can speak of our horrible experiences and still show an attitude of love and forgiveness, what we say will always touch hearts and inspire imitation. Of course that doesn’t come easily to us. Our tendency is to cover up our pain and be silent about the suffering that we’ve endured. Sometimes it hurts to uncover old wounds and make honest confessions about mistakes that we’ve made. But when we open up to others and speak from the heart about the ways God has sustained our spirits in times of turmoil and confusion, it is going to make a difference. We may not have been arrested for believing in Jesus but our stories of perseverance will bring hope and encouragement, and in hearing them, others will also find the strength to endure. 

Thought for the Day: What testimony can I share with hurting people?

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