Where can I find hope when I am persecuted? - Persecution - TouchPoints

Where can I find hope when I am persecuted?

Acts 5:41The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.

Philippians 1:29For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

1 Peter 4:13Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

If you are being persecuted for your faith, be encouraged by the fact that many other faithful believers are also standing strong in the face of persecution. The Bible encourages you to see persecution for Jesus’ sake as an honor. It is evidence of the depth of your commitment to Jesus and, therefore, a privilege to suffer for the God you love so much. It also helps you identify with the depth of suffering Jesus went through for you.

Matthew 5:11“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.”

Jesus promises special blessings to those who are persecuted.

Psalm 110:1The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”

Revelation 21:3-4I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

God will defeat his enemies. You may be persecuted now, but your side will be victorious, many will come to know Jesus through your efforts, and your persecution will not be in vain.