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You have Magnified Your Word above All Your Name,

Ps. 138:2

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We should not find it strange, then, if we meet with hostility and adversity when we truly repent from the religious world to follow Christ in a living relationship according to Scriptural principles.  Born again believers should be familiar with the rejection, slander, and other forms of persecution from even their own religious families and communities.  When people from different Christian denominations and religions such as Islam sincerely embrace Christ, they will suffer severe rejection, and can even be driven from their homes and loved ones.  In a second case scenario, they will be judged immediately under Shariah or Islamic law and can be put to death.  The stark reality for these and all other sincere believers, is that they might forfeit everything they have, everything they know and trusted, and everyone they love, to truly follow Christ. 

For this purpose, Jesus taught clearly on this subject, (Mt. 10:34-39.)  If ever there is anything that keeps a soul in bondage to this world, it is the human need of acceptance.  The threat of losing all our loved ones, our place in familiar society, and the support and fellowship of our entire community, can become one of the greatest obstacles a believer in Christ would have to face. 

Nevertheless, the disciples of Christ Jesus must accept the fact that making new disciples for our King is but the beginning of our involvement in their lives.  May God give us the grace to truly love our born again neighbors as we love ourselves, praying for them continually, and helping and supporting them as the Holy Spirit lead us. 

“Then a certain scribe came and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ But Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, [familiar homes and families,] but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,” (Mt. 8:19-20.) 

Yet, we must also consider the following.  “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, but to lose his soul for all eternity?”    

 

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