Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
"Woe, whenever all men speak well of you, for things like these are what their forefathers did to the false prophets." (Luke 6:26)
Enduring persecution or opposition as a Christian is a reason to rejoice. Why? Because having the world's approval would indicate that you are living according to Satan's standards—not God's. Persecution indicates that Satan and his world are angry with you because you serve Jehovah. (Matthew 5:11, 12) And "being reproached for the name of Christ" is something to rejoice over. (1 Peter 4:14) When you remain faithful to Jehovah despite opposition, there are at least four positive results. You give a witness about God and his Son. Your faithful endurance encourages your Christian brothers and sisters. Some observers who do not know Jehovah may be moved to search for him. (Philippians 1:12-14) And as you sense how Jehovah provides strength to endure trials, your love for him grows.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 4:13, 14)