The Privilege of Persecution

Everything about the person of Jesus Christ condemns the darkness and the wickedness in all of us.  Truth makes the unregenerate increasingly more uncomfortable.  As a result, Jesus experienced and endured consistent misunderstanding and severe mistreatment.

Lives that have been transformed by Christ, and reflect a deep commitment to Him, will also suffer various forms of persecution.  Should we expect anything less?  We are not greater than our Master.  There is no escaping it. 

Persecution will only serve to drive us deeper into the experience and understanding of the rule and realm of our God.  Remember also that we are not alone.  We count ourselves in the courageous company of the prophets who have preceded us.  Consequently, we are to be at peace.

“For it has been granted to you, on behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him.” (Philippians 1:29)