“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” Acts 5:41
The apostles had been telling people about Jesus. The leaders of the Sanhedrin came and put them in jail. God sent an angel to release them. The leaders are very angry and pull them in for more questioning. They decide to flog the disciples and release them with a warning to no longer speak in the name of Jesus. The apostles leave rejoicing. They were honored at being able to suffer for Jesus.
When a person gets ridiculed, the first thing most people do is fight back. Sometimes that fight is with the same type of ridicule in words, or it can be physically fighting, or going to authorities to get the person in trouble. Being offended by the ridicule is very common.
The disciples did not get offended. In fact, they actually counted it as a great blessing. They probably remembered all the suffering Jesus had to go through for them, and decided that the little bit of painful flogging that they had to go through was nothing compared His suffering. That flogging was not just some words but extreme physical pain.
If you are not doing anything to spread the gospel message, the Devil will leave you alone. When you are doing something actively for Jesus, the Devil is out to get you. He will want to stop you at all costs. The world is willing to physically harm you to stop you. Don’t let them stop you.
What are you willing to go through to tell others about Jesus? If you are suffering for Jesus, consider it a joy, since that means you are doing what God wants and the Devil is angry with you. Remember that greater is He who is in you, than he that is in the world.
God is on your side. Trust Him in all of your suffering. You will win with God in the end.
I pray today that Jesus will strengthen you to be His witness; that you will not fear any suffering; that Jesus will protect you; that Jesus will hold you in your suffering; and that you will tell many people about Jesus.