And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free", (John 8:32)

Topic: Consequences of living a godly life (part 2)

9 March, 2018 | 252


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

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." (2 Tim 3:12)

Being persecuted as a christian is usually a sign that you are doing something which the world around you doesn't feel comfortable with. And that is a good sign. We must realize that the evil world and its system is under the influence of the devil and his demons. It is no wonder that he (the devil) will seek to use that evil system to fight those who have decided to live their lives as instruments of good. This is why James says to "count it all joy when you are persecuted". This means that persecution is actually a good thing, and must be expected. Quick question: "Will every christian suffer persecution, or is it reserved for some unfortunate ones?" This question and its possible misrepresentation is what I want to address in this second part of this lesson.

The early apostles who had the priviledge of being with Jesus during His three and half year earthly ministry knew exactly what they were getting themselves into! Jesus strictly told them that what they were embarking on is not a journey of bread and butter. He told them that He Himself their master will be killed in the most excruciating manner. And He told them "If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?" (Matt 10:25). Simply put, they should expect the worst. That is why they were not discouraged when it came time to give their lives for the gospel.

Persecution comes in various forms and various ways; and every christian will be persecuted. It may come in the form of people denying you your right, insulting you, making jest of your faith, zeal and commitment. Always remember that there is a blessing attached to every persecution. So don't get discouraged when you are persecuted. The Lord will use every persecution to work out something great for Himself.

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor 15:58)

 


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