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Responding to Persecution

Read Proverbs 1:1 through 2:22; 1 Corinthians 4:1–21

Not everybody likes Christians. Some people seem to enjoy teasing and harassing believers face-to-face. Gale encountered such things the Monday he returned to school after attending a youth camp in Eastern Oregon. Several friends didn’t want to hear how Jesus had saved him. Their comments were harsh and demeaning.

Persecution, whether minor or life threatening, is a problem all Christians can face. It comes in many forms: harassment, slander, and personal attacks. Fortunately, Scripture offers some guidance on how to handle these things.

We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly (1 Corinthians 4:12–13).

Our Christian conduct and beliefs are under constant scrutiny by the world. How we respond to things can be a powerful witness. When we bless instead of curse or endure instead of react, we demonstrate the true spirit of Christ to others.

Challenge for Today: Next time you hear a negative comment respond with a positive one.

Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 4:11–16


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