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Blessed is the Christian who is persecuted for showing the world Jesus, not just for claiming to be a Christian.
1. Genuine Agape-Love v9 is Discerning and Righteous: so hate evil and hold fast to the good v10 is Other-centered, Brotherly-love: so love with brotherly affection and honor one another v11 is Enthusiastically-Eager to Serve: so be zealous, on-fire, and serve the Lord v12 is Empowered by the 2nd Coming: so rejoice, be patient, and pray v13 is Pro-actively Generous: so generously share in each other’s lives and find ways to show hospitality 2. Overcoming Evil with Good vs14-15 Do not Curse your Enemies: Bless those who persecute you v16 Do not be Arrogant: Live in Harmony with one another vs17-18 Do not Repay Evil for Evil: Live peacefully with everyone vs19-20 Do not take Revenge: Love your enemies unto repentance v21 Do not be Overcome by Evil: Overcome evil with good
Extending God’s glory is costly, but the prize is worth the price.
How much have we been persecuted because of our faith in Jesus Christ? Have we ever lost friends, jobs or anything for the faith? Have we ever been driven from our homes for the faith? Have we ever been falsely accused, verbally abused or physically beaten because of the faith? The truth is we have lost little or nothing at all when it concerns our faith and what does that mean? Does it mean our faith is so watered down it doesn’t offend the world around us? Does it mean the world can’t tell from our witness that we are Christian? Does it mean we are not shining bright in a dark world? Does it mean we are more saltless than salty?
Satan knows the end of the book as well as we do. He is desperate to do as much damage to God’s Kingdom as he can in the short amount of time he has left. We must not allow ourselves to become discouraged, but rather live each moment of our lives in the confidence that God will give us the victory over Satan and that His goodness will always triumph over the evils of this world.
Idolatry is constantly making demands of people, even God's people. While the world will always try to force us into submission to its god-substitutes, God can use those very pressures to make us stronger and give us a more vibrant witness to the power and mercy of the Living Lord Jesus. This message looks at the way idolatry tries to shape us and how God seeks to use the world's pressures to build our faith and witness.
Christians should expect to face opposition from the world.