When people welcome us and our life as a Christian, and the message that goes with our life, rejoice.
When people criticize us and even persecute us for our life as Christians, rejoice.
Look at what the Apostles did after their second arrest, and second order to stop preaching about The Risen Christ, and after being flogged (beaten with a whip):
|41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.|
|42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.|
Christians, let us persist in our faith and share the same message of hope when people love us, and when people hate us.