Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 17th, 2021
But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!
1 Peter 4:16 (NLT)
You may have heard of injured parties in the United States being awarded millions of dollars for pain and suffering due to a car accident. Don’t expect to receive large amounts like that from our Canadian courts, because we have a limit on the amount of damages that can be awarded for pain and suffering. In 2017, Wilhelmson v. Dumma, the BC Supreme Court awarded the maximum amount, $367,000. The Plaintiff in that case was the sole survivor of a catastrophic collision and she suffered extensive, life-threatening injuries.
None of us like to suffer. It is common to all humanity that we do all we can to avoid pain and suffering. The challenge is that our world is far from perfect and suffering can come on us when we least expect it. Even the best people face it. Look at Jesus, for example. He is the only human being to never have sinned – He was completely innocent. And yet He was arrested, beaten, tortured and crucified. Jesus told His followers that they could expect the same treatment. The early disciples faced all sorts of opposition and persecution simply because they loved Jesus and took the Gospel to the known world. So, Peter speaks from experience when he writes in 1 Peter 4:16: “But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!” When the followers of Jesus were called Christians first at Antioch, it was a term of derision – it was not a good thing to be known as a follower of Jesus the Christ. In many circles today it still isn’t. But it remains a privilege to bear the name of Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.