this Jesus

Jesus said we’d know we were starting to make an impact when people started insulting, persecuting, and defaming us because of Him. He even says that we should be happy about it. (Ever think that sometimes Jesus has WAY different ideas about what leads to happiness?)

  • Jesus is simply not intimidated by confrontation and conflict.
  • He is not moved or motivated by unfair critique or misplaced abuse.
  • It’s impossible to force Jesus to capitulate on the truth—He cannot be pressured into compromising his integrity.

Consider what this says about Jesus’ character.

  • He cannot be swayed unlike other leaders or celebrities or self-claimed “saviors.”
  • He doesn’t flip-flop or back down.
  • He’s someone we can trust; someone we can follow into a storm.
  • He cannot violate Himself –His own character.

Spend a minute or two acknowledging these unique and rare qualities about Jesus, and thank him for his uncompromising nature. Ask the Holy Spirit to increase these qualities in you today. You are filled with the Spirit aren’t you? The Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever.

(Excerpts taken from devotional Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus)

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” Matthew 5:10-12.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

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