God’s servants are not concerned about defending their honour…
“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be PATIENT with difficult people.” (2 Timothy. 2.24)
If the Lord suffers because of difficult people, then so will His servants. Moses suffered because of the rebellion and disobedience of the people of Israel. Jeremiah suffered when he saw that the kingdom of Judah was devastated, and its people had been slaughtered. Amidst his sadness and pain, he said:
“Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” (Jeremiah. 9.1)
The apostles suffered because of the Gospel and the Name of the Lord Jesus. In his letter to the Galatians (4.19), Paul said that he would experience labour pains until Christ was formed in them.
The true servants of the Lord Jesus suffer because of those who are lost, because of the injustices people face in this world, and even because of the persecutions and betrayals committed by those who once claimed to be their friends. However, nothing discourages them. On the contrary, they always remain faithful to their Lord.
God’s servants are not concerned about defending their honour. They rejoice because for them, it is an honour to suffer for the Name of the One who called them to do His work. There isn’t a single servant of the Most High who has not suffered in this world. As Paul said:
“From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” (Galatians. 6.17)
Bishop Edir Macedo