Ephesians 6:18; 2 Timothy 3:12
What is a believer to do when being persecuted by a fellow believer even if the persecutor is within your local congregation? Our scripture outlines the reason all believers suffer persecution and the answer is to persevere in faith while being dressed in the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).
In II Timothy 3:12, Paul explains very thoroughly why believers suffer persecution as this persecution will come in one form or another to all believers living a godly life. All true believers living his or her life according to God's holy standards and refuses to compromise will suffer persecutions. However, some persecutions can be faith testers as God is preparing the believer for an even greater works in His kingdom building.
While suffering persecution from a fellow believer can and will strike at the very core of your faith and love. What is the believer to do? First go to God in sincere prayer for your brother or sister in Christ asking God to create a clean heart in the person. It is important for the persecuted to stand strong in the Lord and let God fight your battle, because He is your deliverer and will deliver you every time. This is considered taking the high road. Second, the persecuted must reframe from taking matters into his or her own hands because "vengeance is mine saith the Lord." Reflect on Daniel and the three Hebrew boys and how they were persecuted for worshipping the true and living God. They faced imminent death at the hands of the king, but God delivered. Remember Paul and how he was persecuted for preaching Christ and while in prison the jailer and his household was saved. Prayer and faith in God is evidenced in both incidents. What a powerful God?
Believers as we are persecuted for whatever reason stand fast in the Lord, because our enemy cannot harm us. God has the situation worked out.
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