Thursday, March 17, 2011

Encouragement for those persecuted for the Gospel! Matthew 5:10

Good morning everyone,
This morning it came to my attention that many are watching to see what your response is when things happen around you!  Will you act selfishly and bite back when someone does or says something to you that is unbecoming or will you respond in a way that helps them to see 'Jesus in action?'  We have choices that we make throughout the day; some good choices and some bad.  Fortunately we have a forgiving God that gives us opportunity after opportunity to correct our ways so that when given an opportunity that we previously failed, we can chose to respond like Jesus.  Many folks in this world don't take their relationship with Him for granted and because of their dedication, they are persecuted even to the point of death.  Here in the United States, we more than not take for granted our freedom to openly share the Gospel with folks.  Matthew 5:10 tells us, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  They know the reward for staying true to the promises that He has given all of us!  How many of you can say that you are glad when you are persecuted because of your faith in Jesus?  The persecution itself confirms our trust in God's promise of reward.  As you go about your day, ask the Savior to give you a sense of what people are dealing with and how you can shine a light for Him.  Before you have your next encounter with someone who gives you a snakebite, ask the Lord to give you the wisdom to know how to respond!  
Your brother in Christ,

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