There is no option for a faithful child of God but to endure suffering. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12) The fruit of the Spirit includes “longsuffering” (Gal. 5:22).
At first it may be easy to express faith in Christ. Family and friends recognize the change (2 Cor. 5:17). Then the family and friends may express their disapproval. Special relationships are lost. Jesus warned his disciples their love toward family must not be greater than their love for Him (Matt. 10:37). Jesus would have the young child of God to be re-encouraged to stand up for Jesus no matter the loss.
The Child of God has hope and joy knowing the great reward in store for us who continue to Stand up for Jesus. Christians all over the World press on in similar suffering against the Devil and our experience suffering as a Christian is not unique. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9). We must “Stand up for Jesus” in the Face of Suffering.
Michael Golwitzer, Minister