Paul clearly states that we will be persecuted for believing in Jesus Christ. The world makes itself feel better by persecuting or making fun of those who are different. Believers were killed, imprisoned,stoned and harassed continually in the early days of the church. We as believers today have it mild compared to them. How many of us would want to trade places with them?
We are here at this appointed time for God's will and purpose to do His good works. Remember, He is in control, not us. God created everything and will direct it according to how He sees fit!
We are different, we are not of this world. If the world cannot see a difference in the way we live, something is wrong! Jesus is the light; He should be shinning like a beacon through us to the lost of this world. The love of Jesus should be evident in our lives, if not we need to do some serious meditating in God's Word. We need to get our hearts, our mind, our spirit in line with God's purpose. After all - it's all about JESUS, not us. (It's who Jesus is, now what we have done or who we are, but what Jesus has done.)
"For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind.": - 2Peter 1:7.
We as Christians need to be bold in spirit, in love and in self discipline, showing people that we love as Jesus does. Imagine if you told someone about the love of Jesus, and then they heard y ou talk about someone you didn't lie, or they saw you acting as the world does. They will not want anything to do with Jesus. That is not our mission in proclaiming the Gospel, if we are to be Christ-like, we must act like Him in every aspect of our life. The world is lost and deceived, controlled by its wants and lusts. Should we really care what the world thinks of us?
Paul says in Romans 1:16 - that he is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It's time to stop being fearful and worried about how the world perceives us. If we don not show the world the love of Jesus how do you think it will see His love? We pray for God to send out His laborers to bring His word of Salvation, love and compassion to people, who do we think those laborers are? They are US, the Body of Christ.
May God bless us with boldness.