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010: Persecution (#1)

Read 2 Timothy 3:10-12. "[10] You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, [11] my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. [12] Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…."

Anyone who lives obediently to the mission Christ has given us will at some point, in some way, be persecuted for his or her faith. It is possible to keep our faith hidden and secret and so avoid such opposition. But that is not the “godly life in Christ” we are called to. Though many people will rejoice upon hearing the good news, many others will hate the message and the messengers. It is impossible to disassociate ourselves, the gospel messengers, from the offensive gospel message itself. We should rejoice when we are persecuted because many Christians, including Paul, the prophets, and Jesus himself were persecuted.

Matthew 5:11-12.  "[11] Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. [12] Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’"

When you are opposed for your faith in Jesus, rejoice because it is evidence that you are living the bold, evangelistic lifestyle of a disciple.