We don’t realize how much Christian persecution exists in the world!
Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Romans 5:3-5 (KJV)
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 8:18 (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 1:7 (KJV)
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
1 Peter 5:10 (KJV)
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
We are truly blessed to live here in America, because, God willing, we will never know the battles that our brethren abroad, have to endure daily. They are threatened with imprisonment or death; yet, through it all, they never falter in their commitment to serving the Lord.
Would we be able to withstand that kind of persecution? I hope that we would, no matter what came our way.
Let’s make a commitment to our fellow-Christians—that we will pray for them daily—that God will open the hearts of their persecutors, through their unfailing love for Him. That the unbelievers will feel God’s spirit in the midst of God’s beloved!
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