“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
God did not promise that the Christian life would be a walk in the park. Just because you choose to follow Jesus, doesn’t mean you will have an easy path to walk while you are on earth. Rather, the opposite is true. You will have to face difficulty. You will face hardship. And you will face persecution because of your faith. There is simply no way to avoid it.
Part of accepting this fact is realizing that not everyone will agree with the way you live your life and make decisions. Don’t think for a moment that everyone will applaud you for your values, your heart, and your love for God, even when you do the right things.
If you live your life trying to please the crowd, you will find yourself being manipulated by the crowd. Do not be surprised, child of God; when you walk with Christ, you will face persecution. Remember what Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
If you are facing opposition because you are living according to your faith and God’s Word, don’t be discouraged. Keep going. Keep pursuing righteousness. Your faithfulness in following Jesus is not in vain.