Daily Devotional
How to Respond to Persecution

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10

Ponder This

Christians are different. Christians should stand out like a diamond in a coal mine—like a gardenia in a garbage can. We’re alive in the spirit. The world is dead in sin. We live by faith; they walk by sight. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), and “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Salt irritates when poured into a wound, and light reveals. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is an irritant to the wounds of this world and the Gospel of Jesus Christ reveals the darkness of this world.

So, what do you do when you face persecution and opposition? “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45). You’re the King’s kids! You act and respond like your Father in Heaven. Don’t get even. Return good for evil.

  • How do you naturally respond when you face opposition from someone?
  • Why is it important to remember the kingdom we belong to?

Practice This

Talk to someone you know who you’ve seen show love to his or her enemies. Ask for insights on how to grow in this way.


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