John15: 20 ——–Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
The Bible never commands or exhorts Christians to pray for persecution. But the Bible very definitely tells the growing Christian to expect persecution.
Have you ever experienced any non-physical persecution and hate on your campus or on your job because you’re a Christian? Maybe you’ve suffered a lower grade in a course or even lost a job or promotion because of your Christian testimony. This is all part of normal Christian living and should be expected.
But why are Christians persecuted?
Through our own choice, we become servants of Christ taking orders from Him and obeying His Word. But the world is really not interested in obeying the Word of God. And they dislike those who do obey God. Those who do not want to repent will not keep Jesus’ Word. If they do not listen to God’s Word they surely will not listen to us sharing the Word with them.
When we share the Good News of Christ with others, they may want to hurt us or they may mock us and slander us or not pay attention to us. Does that hurt you? When Jesus did what His father wanted Him to do and the crowds rebelled and mocked Him, did He take offense? No, He did not take offense. He willingly obeyed His Father while continuing to love them.
When we are caught doing something wrong we are willing to take the punishment but when we are punished unjustly it is too great a burden to bear? Can we love the person who unjustly persecutes us? It will definitely not be easy to still love that person but this is what God tell us to do.
If we have a zeal for God’s Word the path will not be easy. But this thorny and difficult road will ensure we reach the other side successful, strong and courageous. And our commitment and our relationship with God will be extremely strong. This relationship with the Father and His Word will help us to love irrespective of what others do to us.
Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.