In the last month, we’ve watched on TV as our new president took the oath of office in the midst of an environment filled with discord. Protestors took to the streets to voice their displeasure with the current state of affairs in our nation. The anger and divisiveness is frankly quite scary. We have people standing firm on three different platforms – liberal, conservative, and completely indifferent.
I must confess that I don’t stand on any of these platforms. My peace and stability are not impacted by who is in the White House. I serve the King of Kings, and He is always on the throne.
If I am going to march for anyone, I want to march for Jesus. But, I am finding that the banner under which I stand has increasingly become viewed as polarizing. Those who stand for Jesus seem to face more and more opposition in our world.
How can I reach those who oppose the Truth? How can I share the Good News with those who aren’t willing to listen because they are too busy fighting for the here and now when they should be focused on their eternal destiny?
The truth is that those who carry the Light have always faced opposition. All I need to do is open up my Bible and see how those who have gone before me stood strong in troubled times.
4 Ways to Persevere when You Face Opposition
1. Live a life of integrity: Your life is a billboard for the gospel. Stay humble and yielded to the Spirit so that your life is above reproach. Your countenance and character should be attractive to those who are standing on unsure ground.
3. Always extend grace: Avoid arguments and work toward peace and reconciliation. Share the truth with kindness trusting that the Holy Spirit will work.
4. Meditate on Christ’s work on the cross: No one faced more opposition than our Savior. He took His eyes off the present state of affairs, and He looked ahead to the glory to come. We must do the same. Finish strong. God will reward your faithfulness.
My sisters, the time is short. We must hold fast to what we know is true in the midst of strong opposition. Let’s follow Paul’s admonition in I Corinthians 16: Be on guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on her personal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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