Today’s culture demands “safe spaces” from which to escape real-life’s conflicts in values, beliefs, relationships, politics, morality . . . the list goes on and on. Jesus preached the exact opposite. He warns, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). Accept conflict and—unbelivably—rejoice in it.
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way (Matthew 5:11-12).