Leaving the Sanhedrin, the Apostles rejoiced that they had been found worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake of the Name.  – Acts 5:41

Reflection.  Feeling joy while one is suffering public disgrace for the Lord may seem a contradiction, but the Saints experienced it all the time.  This joy is a by-product of surrendering to the Lord.  “Blessed are you when you are persecuted for My sake” (Mt 5:11).  These words are true.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, the Gospel message often baffles me.  Help me to understand these supernatural truths, and more importantly, help me to trust You completely.