Over the past few days I have been reading a biography about Richard Wurmbrand, who was a Jewish Christian living in Romania during the second world war. He was there after the war during Communist rule, when the Soviets took control of the country. It is sobering how much mirrors what is happening in the Ukraine at the moment.
Despite the persecution from the Nazis (for being a Jew) and from the Soviets (for being a Christian), Wurmbrand stood firm in his faith. He showed love and compassion whilst continuing to witness to anyone (he shared the good news with anyone including his enemies). He was imprisoned numerous times by the Nazis and tortured by the Soviets, and yet still he declared his allegiance to Christ. He knew death could not separate him from Christ and the only hope for a fallen world is Jesus.
This verse comes to mind from Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
My prayer for everyone reading this, is that we meditate on this verse. We should be bold to make Christ known. He changed our lives, he can change others. If we are persecuted for our faith, we should reflect on what Christ endured for us on the cross.
May our wonderful God amaze you every day with the love he shows you. May you be reminded what you have been saved from, and what you have been saved for!
Continue to pray for one another. Please pray for those who are ill or supporting family members in hospital at this time.