God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Matthew 5:10 NLT
The word persecution is a sacred word in the context of God’s Kingdom. It is not something anyone desires and yet it is the reality in most of the world. Some have the estimated deaths due to persecution at 255 a month worldwide. Jesus warned about it and many areas of the world outside of the United States have experienced it. Things are changing rapidly in our Country and we need to understand that persecution may very well happen here. Christians are often hated and even more so with the perceptions and divide caused by elections in our government over the last couple of years. Let us pray earnestly for those that are experiencing real persecution today. The Kingdom of Heaven is yours today. Always follow Christ no matter what.
12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
14 If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! 1 Peter 4:12-16 NLT
“We can take persecution because we know the purpose behind it. The purpose is to glorify God.” ― Billy Graham
“God will judge us not according to how much we endured, but how much we could love” ― Richard Wurmbrand
“Bless them that persecute you.' If our enemy cannot put up with us any longer and takes to cursing us, our immediate reaction must be to lift up our hands and bless him. Our enemies are the blessed of the Lord. Their curse can do us no harm. May their poverty be enriched with all the riches of God, with the blessing of Him whom they seek to oppose in vain. We are ready to endure their curses so long as they redound to their blessing.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.