I really want to acknowledge those Christians who come to my site from all countries. WordPress allows me to see where my viewers come from, and some of these countries are not Christian-friendly. There is not much more of a heartening thing to me than knowing there are Christians who risk their lives for their faith, especially in Islamic nations. And for some of them to come to my site? It’s an honor to teach you and answer your questions. I pray I have helped. I have prayed and will pray to God that He keeps all of you safe and strengthens your resolve, even in the face of death.
Remember, God did not spare His own Son, but had Him suffer to fulfill His purpose. What did our Lord receive for His suffering? All glory. Stephen died with his faith and became the first Christian martyr. Peter was also martyred. Paul also risked his life and suffered greatly not to only learn the Word, but spread it. Paul also most likely suffered martyrdom. Did they feel Christ was worth it? Most certainly. Because things were revealed to them through the Holy Spirit, they had great faith in what they were to receive after their deaths. If they knew what was coming, then have faith at what is reserved for you when your time comes. After things were revealed to them, they didn’t run away from their belief, did they? They ran headlong into places where it could be dangerous to spread the Gospel that Jesus is Lord.
Keep faithful to Christ and He will be faithful to you. He has a place for you beyond anything you can imagine having, and you avoid condemnation. He died for you, so be willing to reciprocate His sacrifice with yours. This life and the suffering we can encounter in this life is temporary. Eternity is forever, so don’t let your eternity be full of suffering and shame. You wouldn’t want to let your Lord down, would you? I do not think lightly the struggle you may have by holding onto your faith in Christ in countries that are hostile to our beliefs. If I do not think think lightly of it, how do you think our Lord thinks of it? Because you hold onto your faith in harm’s way, you bring a smile to His face. He’s eager to reward you. I hope He keeps you safe. If you suffer death for His sake, you will be safe forever. God bless all Christians in harm’s way.