Into the harshest and most hostile environments

Lord, the world is offended by many things. In a politically correct world, many find multiple reasons to be offended. Slights are magnified. Any expression of differences of opinion becomes an unbearable insult. Criticisms are felt like a slap in the face, rather than an opportunity to learn.

Father, let us be like you, feeling offense at what offends you, but being willing to bring the love of Christ into the harshest and most hostile environments. Let us be willing to face insults silently, as did our Savior. Let us accept the vile words, the plottings of enemies, and the hatred of vested interests, for the sake of the gospel.

Give us strength to stand behind the offense of the Cross, never willing to change the message of truth to suit the tastes of the times.

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