(21-25) We shouldn’t think that we will go through life without experiencing any difficulty or hatred. When Christ was here, He was called Beelzebul and many other inaccurate names; how much more will those who are His followers be maligned? We cannot be above Christ, but we can be like Christ.
(26-33) God does not want us to fear because He is in control of life and death, soul and body. We are valuable to Him. If we are not afraid or ashamed to recognize Him before people on earth, He will not be ashamed to recognize us before the angels in Heaven.
(34-39) As followers of Christ, we must love Christ first and foremost – even above family and friends. It may sound harsh to some, but when we understand that Christ loved us so much that He stripped Himself of glory for gore and set aside His crown for a cross so that we could be saved, it will not be so hard to accept. When we understand that our family and friends are given to us by God, it will not be so hard to love Him more than them.
(40-42) Whatever we do for Christ – whether small or large – will be rewarded by Him in Heaven.
Favorite verse: (39) Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.