Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pray For Our Loved Ones


But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44)
  • Many of our brothers and sisters around the world suffer persecution.
     
  • They live in danger every day simply because they love Jesus and want others to know Him too.
     
  • But there is another form of persecution.
     
  • It may not be life-threatening, but it is heartbreaking.
     
  • It is the persecution from our non-Christian family members.
     
  • When our loved ones ridicule our faith and mock us for what we believe and how we express our love for God, we feel rejected and unloved.
     
  • “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).
     
  • And rejection will come from those we love too (Matt. 10:34-36).
     
  • When the people we love reject the God we love, the rejection feels personal.
     
  • Jesus told us to pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:44).
     
  • That includes more than strangers who hate us.
     
  • God is able to give us grace to persevere through persecution, even from our love ones.
     
  • They may mock our message.
     
  • But they can’t stop our prayers for them.
     
  • And we will pray earnestly for them.

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