Have you ever thought of persecution as encouragement? You should! Paul said in 2Th 1:4-6 that persecution is the evidence we are doing something right and are being considered worthy of the kingdom of God. Apostle Paul goes as far to say that he took pleasure in the obstacles he went through. What an example of the grace of Jesus Christ being poured through Paul. His grace was sufficient enough to become the strength that Paul needed. Strength in grace. Godliness with contentment is much gain!
Don’t go about trying to get even with those who have persecuted or afflicted you either, give way and leave that to God! He considers it a righteous thing to repay those who have done wrong to you with affliction to them. What one sows that they will reap, for God is not mocked. We are not to go about taking pleasure or joy in knowing that the wrath of God will be upon them if they do not repent, but pray for them as Jesus said to do. Pray for those who have despitefully used you. Do good to them that don’t love you for then you will be the sons of the Father shining as the Light. It is also Biblical advice to warn others of those who have resisted the Gospel and attempted to hinder it. Alexander the coppersmith was one of those that Paul told Timothy to stay away from because of the evil deeds he did. God will repay those according to their deeds.
Stay strong in Jesus and with the strength of His grace! You are always going to obtain the victory in Jesus with Him as you stay submitted to His Word.1 Cor 15:57 Raise up your hands and praise His glorious Name for He has delivered you from all of the persecutions.
2Ti 4:17-18 ESV
(17) But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
(18) The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Psa 54:7 ESV
(7) For He has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
2Ti 4:14 ESV
(14) Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
2Th 1:4-6 ESV
(4) Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
(5) This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—
(6) since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
Gal 6:7 ESV
(7) Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Rom 12:17-19 ESV
(17) Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
(18) If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
(19) Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Heb 10:30-31 ESV
(30) For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”
(31) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
1Th 3:3-4 ESV
(3) that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.
(4) For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.
2Co 12:10 KJV
(10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Mat 5:44-48 KJV
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
(45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(46) For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
(47) And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
(48) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Be blessed with His strength and grace and perfect love that casts out all fear!
Pastors & Psalmist Gary and Rhonda Petzoldt