Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Matthew 10 : 17 – 20
Jesus words here were truly prophetic. If it wasn’t Jews like Paul trying to kill the Christians it was Emperor Nero blaming them for Rome burning. Being a Christian was a very risky proposition. Different Emperors continued trying to kill Christians with varying degrees of success. During the reign of Diocletian this left the church with a dilemma. Should those Christians who had renounced faith be taken back when the persecution ended? Can you trust someone like that? Imagine if God stopped trusting you after the first time you had got things wrong? Where would you be now?
Prayer: Lord it is hard to speak up about you. There are lots of times I know I should have spoken about you but didn’t because I wanted an easier life. Give me the courage and strength to speak about you to others even though I have not done so in the past.
Action: Who can you speak with about Jesus today?