You Can't Hurt Me
Proverbs 29:25 says, "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." With the Lord, we are always safe, even when it appears we are in danger.
When Chrysostom was brought before the Roman emperor, he threatened him with banishment if he remained a Christian. Chrysostom replied, "Thou canst not banish me, for this world is my Father's house."
"But I will slay thee." said the emperor. "Nay, thou canst not, for my life is hid with Christ in God."
"I will take away thy treasures." "Nay, but thou canst not, for my treasure is in heaven and my heart is there."
"But I will drive thee away from man, and thou shalt have no friend left." "Nay, thou canst not, for I have a friend in heaven from whom thou canst not separate me."
Then the noble champion of the faith said, "I defy thee, for there is nothing that thou canst do to hurt me."
Chrysostom knew that fearing man was the worst thing that could happen to him. It has been said, "It's not what happens to us, but what happens in us that supremely counts."