How to Handle Persecution for Christ
1 Peter 2:19-25
We are back in the Book of 1 Peter tonight, and we have learned so many wonderful things already! We have seen that God planned for us before He ever created the world and the universe. We also learned that we are saved and forgiven by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We saw a couple of weeks ago that we are to obey the laws of the land unless they contradict the laws of God, and then we are to obey God's laws! Do you always obey the laws of the land? I read this funny story this week,
A father was traveling in the car with his young son who was about 5 years old. They were just going a short distance and so the boy who was in the back seat decided that he wanted to take off his seat belt and stand up. As you might imagine the father then immediately began to correct his son and tried to encourage him to sit down and fasten his seat belt. The conversation went something like this, "Sit down son and put your seat belt on." "I don't want to." "I didn't ask you, Sit Down, Now." "But I don't want to." "Son, don't make me count to three!" "But daddy, I don't want toooo." "Son! If you don't sit down right now I'm going to spank you." The boy finally sits down and there is a long silence. All of a sudden the boy exclaims from the back seat, "I may be sitting down on the outside, but I'm STANDING UP on the INSIDE!"
Tonight we will dive back in and learn about handling persecution for our faith starting in 1 Peter 2:19,
How do you handle it when you are being persecuted for your faith in Christ?
1- Understand that when you suffer for Christ, it is pleasing to God
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
We do not like to suffer do we? If someone enjoys suffering, we may wonder what in the world is wrong with that person. When someone does you wrong, or puts that dagge ...
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