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Faithful In Persecution

Mac McCarthy

Jul 7, 2024

Bottom Line

Experiencing mistreatment is a sign of authentic faith.

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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Mathew 5:10-12

Bottom Line

Experiencing mistreatment is a sign of authentic faith.

When we live like Jesus, we will likely experience mistreatment.

When we experience mistreatment, we are to respond like Jesus.

Jesus did not retaliate.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Romans 12:17-19

Jesus stayed faithful.

Jesus rejoiced in suffering.

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

Action Steps

Prayer: Create some space to prayerfully reflect on the following:

  • How has God used the hard stuff of life to grow and mature you?
  • How have you experienced persecution or mistreatment for following Jesus?
  • How might Jesus’ example challenge or equip you?

Practice: This week when someone rubs you the wrong way (annoys you, irritates you, disrespects you, etc.), refuse to retaliate and instead respond with love and kindness.