You should never be embarrassed for standing for the truth and doing whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:16,Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (NLT).
Let me ask you: Is an insult going to kill you? No. Is a putdown going to kill you? No. Is somebody calling you a name or labeling you because youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made a stand for Christ going to hurt you? No. Is some troll online whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trying to bait you and get you in an argument going to take you down? No. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to kill you.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vital that you understand a truth that will liberate your life: You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need other peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s approval to be happy.
You may have been trying to get the approval of a certain person for many years. I hate to tell you, but if you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gotten it by now, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not going to get it. The good news is you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need it! You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need anybodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s approval in order to be happy.
No matter what you do in life, somebodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to like it. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t avoid disapproval. So if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disapproval either way, you may as well have their disapproval for doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing.
This is important to remember as you face opposition. If other peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opinions matter more to you than GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opinion, then youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to crumble when those people attack you because of your faith in Jesus. But if you focus on God and what you know is right, then you can make a firm stand.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Stand firm against [Satan], and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you areÃ¢â‚¬Â (1 Peter 5:9 NLT).