John 16:1-3 "I (Jesus) have told you these things, so that you won't abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me.
The disciples were facing certain death..here Jesus told them they would be killed. Yet he told these men not to abandon their faith for people that don't believe in Jesus. Our faith in Jesus is believing that all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). If these men were facing certain death and they were not to let unbelievers shake or abandon their faith, we in our everyday lives don't need to let unbelievers shake our faith!! No matter how they might treat us, no matter what they might say to us, we are to stand strong in our faith because we love the Lord!!
When things happen now in my life that seem to test my faith, I will tell myself that I can stand strong because Jesus loves me!! The deciples stood strong even facing death. I am only facing a problem!!