January 19, 2024

Living for Christ is not easy - Morning Devotion on Jan. 19, 2024

Living for Christ is not easy

Persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another individual or group.  Religious – Political – Racial – Gender - Cultural

A Final Charge to Timothy

2 Timothy 3:10-11 You, however, know all about 

  • my teaching, 
  • my way of life, 
  • my purpose, 
  • my faith, 
  • my patience, 
  • my love, 
  • my endurance, 
  • my persecutions, 
  • my sufferings
  • what kinds of things happened to me 

in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. 
Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 

12.  In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

How should we deal with our persecutors?

Matt 5:43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Jesus did the very thing that He is asking us to do: Father forgive them for they know not what they do

  1. Pray that they will feel the comfort and encouragement of the Lord.
  2. Pray that their persecutors will come to know Christ.
  3. Pray that in the midst of persecution, the church will be strengthened and continue to grow.
  4. Pray that these believers will have access to God’s Word.

Matt 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.

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