Illustration: A Bad World

Cyrpian of Carthage, North Africa wrote this during persecutions around 265-285 AD:

“It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and good people who have learned the great secret of life. They have found a joy and wisdom which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians. . . and I am one of them.”

How is it that Christians can persevere? Because of the love of Christ!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; ‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).

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