The Pattern – 24

Endure persecution for the sake of righteousness (Matt 5:10-11, 1 Peter 3:8-14, 2 Timothy 3:12). When was the last time you felt mistreated, harassed, or maligned because of your faith? What was your immediate reaction? Was it to stand up and fight back or was it to patiently endure the persecution? What effect would returning insult for insult have? What effect could returning blessing for abuse have? How would your ability to do this be linked to your trust of God? How would demonstrating this kind of trust be for the sake of righteousness? What righteousness would be reveled? Spend time thinking about the kinds of situations in which you are invited to suffer persecution for the sake of righteousness. Imagine yourself being able to endure and return blessing rather than respond in-kind? What would you say? What would you feel? Where would your strength come from? What would be the outcome? Close by asking God to give you the strength and discernment necessary to respond like this.

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