From Persecution to Praise

Becoming a believer and living the way we are called, there is SO much room for persecution, slander, criticism, and get the idea. Jesus promised suffering; that's it. How we react to the persecution is important to discuss. Jesus Himself is a PERFECT model. Absolutely perfect. 

"He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)

No matter the persecution, beating, and mocking, Jesus was led to His ultimate slaughter saying no words to fire back, to the backlash, or to humiliate. He was as silent as a sheep, prophesied in Isaiah, not even opening His mouth. What do some of us do when we get called "dumb" for believing in God? Most of the time we talk back, we talk back in attitude, curse, condemn, etc. Is that the right reaction? Of course not.

What I learned in these times of persecution is to not respond in such a way that will lead a person in the wrong direction. Notice I didn't say offend. Most people do get offended by the Word of God, and that is NOT your fault. Keep in mind, I am not saying to bow down to their beliefs or something ridiculous. What I am saying is, respond in such a way that will lead them to the cross sooner than later. One thing that is vital for this: God's love.

You need to share His love with others. Yes, even the ones who mock you, laugh at you and despise you. Love wins. Always. Respond in love. I'm not promising that it will get you where you want, but it's important to follow the word of God anyways. It is CRUCIAL to do this correctly because you have to remember who you represent; Jesus. Follow His lead. You will mess up, you will fail, but by His grace, you are covered.

Say you have a little anger building inside of you, or maybe it just really hurt you. I get it, and I know our God is very gentle with us. He will strengthen you, just like how He did with the apostles, remember? In Acts 4 you see some of the believers praying to God for boldness in their preaching, knowing the trials and persecutions to come. You see throughout Acts that the apostles were indeed, very troubled but at peace. Bold.Nothing stopped them. Later in Acts 5, the apostles were in trial AGAIN, and after they had been let go and beaten, they rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer shame for Christ's name. 

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

So what do you do when you are mocked, persecuted, or laughed at?
Praise and worship!
Praise and worship are the perfect antidotes to the fleshly effects of pain.

There is nothing better than to crush the door for Satan to enter when we praise our King even in persecution. Praise praise praise. You are favored, loved, and always taken care of.