Welcome Persecutions

 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12)

As long as you’re living the authentic Christian life, you’ll definitely be persecuted. Now, persecution is not the same as suffering lack, or suffering as a result of sickness and disease. To suffer persecution means to be hated, mistreated, reproached, or punished unjustly for the sake of the gospel. That a fellow is broke for example doesn’t mean he’s suffering persecution. Such a fellow is merely paying for his or her ignorance.

The early disciples of Jesus were beaten, imprisoned and some even martyred like Stephen (Acts 7:60) because they were preaching the Name of Jesus. That’s persecution. Many Christians still face such things today even amongst their family members and friends. Perhaps you just became a Christian and others in your family haven’t yet known the Lord, or maybe they’re even Christians, but carnal Christians. Definitely, they’ll pick on you all the time, criticizing your faith and new lifestyle. When that happens, don’t feel bad or fret that you’re being persecuted, for it’s a proof that you’re walking in the light.

When persecution comes, remember the words of Jesus: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” Matthew 5:10-12). Our response to persecutions should be one of rejoicing! You ought to thank God for counting you worthy to suffer for His Name.

Persecutions are necessary ingredient required to strengthen your convictions about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome them gladly when they show up, knowing that you have a reward in heaven. Never complain, get bitter, or angry when you’re being persecuted. Instead, declare that you’re coming out of that persecution stronger and better, for you’re bigger and greater than your adversaries!

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for counting me worthy to suffer reproach for the Name of Jesus. I’m unashamed to be identified with Jesus and more than willing to endure persecutions for the sake of the gospel. I know that persecutions are stepping stones for my promotion; therefore I ask that you continually strengthen my convictions as I come out of every persecution stronger in the faith, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Further Study

Act 5:40-42

Romans 8:35-37

 (Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer's LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria.  www.ChristEmbassy.org )

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