“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” — Matthew 5:10-11
Scripture tells us we’ll encounter persecution if we’re sincerely pursuing a godly life (2 Timothy 3:12). We may not know much about more intense forms of persecution. That doesn’t mean we should seek it out. Instead, let’s pursue godliness. We learn more about what it means to love God well and honor Him in our actions.
Whatever weakness is revealed in us, God’s strength will fill it tenfold, imbuing us with His fervent love and strength. Yes, we’re weak-kneed saints. Thankfully, we aren’t what’s most important. He is. Regardless of where you find yourself, whether it’s a season of persecution or a season of rest, make sure you walk through it for God.
In your First 20, ask God where you need to become more godly. Ask Him to teach you to delight in His blessings when the world tells you not to. Meditate on the following verses:
“That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:10
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” — Matthew 5:44
“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” — 2 Timothy 3:12
In your Crew, talk about why you are or are not facing persecution.
Our God hears,