Many Christians lead evil lives and insult a man who wishes to live a good life among them: to be sober among drunkards, chaste among fornicators worshipping God sincerely. They will sneer and say, 'You are a great man, you are an Elijah, you are a Peter, and have come down from Heaven'.
So they insult you, and if you get frightened and leave the way of Christ, you fall into the hunter's trap.
How can you hold on? Say to yourself, 'These words are said to me, a servant, a sinner. To my Lord the said, "Thou hast a devil" '.
Begin to live like a Christian, and see if your doing so is not brought up against you by those who are Christians in name but not in life.
Do you wish to follow in the footsteps of your Lord? Then hope in God, and do not blush for that hope even in the sight of men. He lives in your heart: let him then be on your lips.
His sign has been placed on your forehead so that as a Christian you should never blush to be reproached for the name of Christ.
DAILY READING WITH
St Augustine --- The Heart at Rest