How should Christians respond to persecution? - Persecution - TouchPoints

How should Christians respond to persecution?

Psalm 69:1, 4Save me, O God. . . . Those who hate me without cause outnumber the hairs on my head.

Prayer is a powerful response in times of persecution. Pray to God, the only one who can give you the strength you need to endure.

Acts 14:19-20They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town.

Paul’s courageous response to persecution enabled him to encourage others. Courage to endure persecution is contagious.

Luke 6:28“Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.”

A supernatural love—one that flows from God—allows believers to actually pray for those who persecute them. It may be through your godly response to their persecution that God touches a hard heart and turns it to him.

John 19:10-11“Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?” Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.”

Always keep in mind that even the greatest power of the rulers on this earth is no match for the power of God.

Revelation 14:12This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.

Remain obedient to God and endure the persecution patiently, just as Jesus did when he was persecuted.