Persecuted and Blessed!

Christian leader and Anglican cleric John Stott once posed a question, “How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? In Matthew 5:12 Jesus said, “Rejoice and be glad!” Stott continues, “We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin a bear it like a Stoic, still less pretend we enjoy it like a masochist [self denial]. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even “leap for joy” (Lk. 6:23).” Well, Stott’s observation is correct. In Matt 5:11 Jesus said, “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.” Now then, leaping for joy is a tough thing to do especially when you really want to leap on the person (s) that’s causing the injury. One thing is for sure, suffering does produce perseverance (Romans 5:3) and scripture confirms when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4).

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