"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life"(2 Cor 3:5KJV).
Jesus' ministry wouldn't have been very effective and His legacy would have done little to distinguish Him from the founders and leaders of the false religions of the world if He had been guilty of the same things that He condemned in others. The same is true for us. Our belief in Jesus Christ sets us apart. Many will hate us because the teachings we follow bring about conviction and lead them to the need for a eprsonal savior. Although many desire to be like us, they want what we have, peace, spiritual strength and faith, but they do not want the true and Living God. Remember the world hate us and yet desires to be like us. We should embrace our identity as Christians. As Christians, what we believe and what we confess must be manifested in our daily lives.
Just a word of wisdom for those who accept. We must stand for what we believe. Annie Dennis Eskridge, author of Sin Abides and in the late 2013 expect a new addition to the writer's world. email:firstname.lastname@example.org