Persecution

I want to focus on Proverbs 29:10 in this Bible study.

The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.

The ‘bloodthirsty’, I think, is referring to non-Christians. The people of integrity and the upright are Godly Christians. God’s Word clearly tells us that Godly Christians will be targeted by non-Christians.

It’s an encouragement and a warning, and I have a conclusion, but first, I am going to ask you two questions; Have you felt like people are trying to destroy the good you’re doing? and Have you been persecuted by non-Christians?

Think for a minute or two…

If you have experienced either of those, be encouraged! And if/when it happens again, rejoice! Since it says in James 1:2,

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

The first reason to rejoice in these situations is in the very next verse;

Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

So, when you’re persecuted, God allows it to happen so that you may grow in perseverance. (By the way, God is not the One Who tempts you, as it says in James 1:13; ‘When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.‘)

Another reason to rejoice in persecution/suffering/testing, is because it proves you’re doing something Satan does not like – acting righteously – which is why Satan will attack and test you via persecution!

In conclusion, I will leave you with this Scripture of Jesus speaking to His disciples, John 15:20;

Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

Next time you’re persecuted, remember that Jesus was too, so He knows how you feel, and He ‘will be with you to the very ends of the age.’ (Matthew 28:20)

Nathan


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