Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 11
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
When you feel that you are being persecuted and set upon just read this passage from Romans. Whatever persecution I may feel and the discouragement that comes with it are insignificant when compared to the persecution of the early Christians in Rome. As I watched the World Cup and the wonderful public spectacle, I was struck by the very large crowd in Rome gathered to watch the “game”. I was reminded of another time when Romans watched the “game”; only it was a very different game. The history books tell us of gladiators, tigers and Christians. Mankind has come a long way but persecution is far from dead. It is all around us and comes in many forms.
This message of encouragement in the face of persecution is as relevant today and to you and me as it was in the first century. I have always loved the thought that “if God is for us, who is against us?” The fact that God is for us is proven by the sacrifice of his beloved Son who suffered persecution for our sake. Jesus suffered persecution so that you and I would not have to. We have victory over all those who would persecute and harm us. Love does conquer all and Jesus is all the proof we need.
The only thing that can separate us from the love of God is ourselves. The persecution of others cannot bring us down as long as we remain strong is our belief and act on those beliefs. One act of love is infinitely more powerful than many acts of persecution. Lord Jesus has given us power beyond our comprehension. We have the Power to rise above and defeat those that would persecute us. All we have to do is to love them. Pretty simple eh? You betcha! Have a great day loving those around you.
John Dickie, July 11 2006