Handling Suffering – The Sharing of Good News - Wednesday, July 4th

Handling Suffering – The Sharing of Good News - Wednesday, July 4th

(This week’s Devotionals run Monday through Saturday)

When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. Luke 12:11-12

Today's thoughts from today's verse:

In today’s Scripture Jesus speaks to his followers about being brought before the synagogues and rulers and the authorities because of their faith in him. We may never have an experience like this, but we all know what it is like to experience resistance from other people because of our faith in Christ. It is not enjoyable to be resisted because of our faith. Even just thinking about the prospect of other people resisting us because of our faith can be painful. While we don’t need to go to the extreme of inciting people to resist us, we do need be engaged with people in a way where we are open and honest about our faith.

The tendency is to hide our light under the proverbial bushel basket so that the prospect of being resisted for our faith is at a minimum. This is the other extreme and we are driven to it because of a fear of suffering at the hands of other people. We worry not only about what the resistance and reactions of others would be if they knew we were followers of Christ, we also worry about how or what we would say in response to their resistance and reactions. In our passage Jesus says, “do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say.”

“Worry” can be a devastating force in our lives that readily keeps us from letting the light of our faith shine bright and strong. Jesus goes on to say, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” That is quite a promise. Do you believe it? Remember, we are not talking about inciting people to resist us for our faith, we are just talking about being engaged with others in open and honest ways regarding our faith in Christ. Let’s exchange “worry” for the “promise” and go forward in our relationships with others with the light of our faith shining bright and strong. If we do, the Holy Spirit will give us words of “good news” to share. Truly then, whatever we experience will be worth it and it really will be “good news in suffering.”

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, forgive me for hiding my light under the bushel basket. I want my light to shine bright. Help me to believe I don’t have to worry. Help me to go forward in the confidence that you are with me and that the Holy Spirit will help me speak at just the right moment words of “good news” that are just what are needed. Thank you, Lord. Amen!

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