As Paul traveled and preached about Jesus, he faced many trials. Several times he was beaten and thrown into prison. Paul experienced many bad things, but he always stood strong for Jesus.
When Paul wrote his second letter to Christians in the city of Corinth, he listed some of his trials. Paul also said that he continued to speak God’s truth no matter what happened to him. In 2 Corinthians 6:10, Paul explained his satisfaction in Jesus. “We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything.”
Some people I know stop following Jesus when they experience hard times. But God has never promised us that everything will be happy in our Christian lives. If we are serving God, we will face times of persecution and suffering.
What happens when someone makes fun of you because you follow Jesus? Do you turn away from God? Do you begin to doubt that God loves you? Do you hide the fact that you are a Christian? Be like Paul and stand strong for God today. Keep focused on Jesus and the promise of eternal life with Him.