Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
by: Katie Brown.
Even through persecution, we must have faith to obey our call as Christians to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. The persecution a believer will experience can vary widely depending on what country the person lives in, but God will always provide strength for those who need His help. Every day, we can choose to spread God’s message—even when it is unpopular. Is there an area in your life where you hesitate to speak about your faith in Christ? What causes you to hesitate? Thank the Lord that He sees our struggles and will guide our actions with His Holy Spirit.