Persecution

  • 2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
  • 1 Peter 3:15-17 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
  • Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
  • 1 Peter 4:14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Jesus said in John 15:19: “As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” In His sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:11-12), He said: “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.” Persecution will undoubtedly increase in these end times. Be ready for it and counter it with love and blessings, just like your Savior did. Persecution doesn’t only come from those outside the church; it also comes from within. Love on your brothers and sisters in Christ as well.

How to act when being persecuted:
  1. The Word says to rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
  2. Don’t take persecution personally as it is really Jesus they are persecuting. When Saul was persecuting the disciples, Jesus said to him: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me” (Acts 9:4).
  3. Praise and worship God. 1 Peter 4:16: “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” Worship God as there is peace, comfort and joy in His presence.
  4. Listen to your spirit instead of reacting from your flesh. God can give you a word of knowledge for the person persecuting you, as He loves that person too. He may give you an open door to love on them so listen to Him.
  5. Love those who persecute you. Pray for them that you may be sons of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:44-45).


Call to action:
If someone laughs at you because of your faith or says something to you because of Christ, don’t react in a negative way but love that person and pray for them. Realize that Christ was persecuted as well. Do as Jesus said to do and rejoice.