To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
Persecution is a scary prospect, yet it’s written into the Christian story time and time again. And the way that we think, speak, and pray about suffering for our faith can impact how we respond to such situations. When you are feeling fearful, concerned, confused, or even angry, look to God’s Word, and take comfort in Jesus’ promise that the persecuted will be blessed (Matt. 5:10-12).
Paul knew of this reassurance when he wrote to Timothy that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). And throughout the church today, many Christians follow Paul’s example of responding to such oppression not only with love and patience, but also with encouragement for other faithful believers. And we, likewise, can feel heartened by the promise of being blessed through our sufferings.
Think About It
- Perhaps you have experienced resistance to your faith. How did that make you feel?
- In today’s Western culture, how can Christians respond to persecution locally or elsewhere in the world?