Staying Cheerful in an Evil World
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Recommended Reading – John 16:25-33
Recently Britain’s Prince Charles added his voice to those alarmed about the dramatic increase of violence against Christians. He warned that Islamic militants are deliberately targeting Christians in parts of the Middle East and seeking to wipe out the followers of Christ in Arab lands. It’s true, but that’s not the half of it. The crisis is global. Christians are the most persecuted group in the world today — with millions facing pressure, danger, and death because of their faith. One expert called Christian persecution a worldwide human rights disaster of epic proportions.
When we see the violence against believers escalating, and the Western world becoming increasingly secularized and given over to sin, we can grow discouraged.
According to Jesus, discouragement isn’t the correct response. We should maintain our cheerfulness, knowing He is in control. “In the world you will have tribulation,” He said, “but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
From Genesis to Revelation, here’s the central message: God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God, the Triune God is in control of all things, period.
Charles Stanley, in God Is in Control