"And I will put this third into the fire, refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them..." Zechariah 13.9
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Are we expecting a gold star to be pasted in our [so called] playbook if we
think we are being abused for being a Christian?
I ask you read the above sentences
read the passage below just as carefully.
sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and
humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving
a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might
inherit a blessing. For ‘the one who desires life, to love and see good days,
must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the lord are toward the righteous,
and His ears attend to their prayers, but the face of the lord is against those
who do evil.’ Who is there to harm you
if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake
of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation and do
not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready
to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that
is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so
that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good
behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will
it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is