|Brother Khrystus and Sister Shania's 2nd Annual Dare 2 Be Different International Vacation Bible School Pageant 2016 with VBS King 2016 Brother Dujuniah Dias and Queen Sister Rene Piper (19/8/2016)|
When people persecute Christians, God blesses them even more.
While talking to some of my Dare 2 Be Different International youths a few days ago during one of our sessions, they exclaimed that people sometimes bully them and tease them that they are Christians or that they go to church. I was happy to relate to them that fellow students also did that to me since I got saved at age ten and I have made it to age thirty - ALIVE and WELL and BLESSED.
Although bullying and teasing hurts, it won't kill. As Kingdom followers, we are reminded just as the founder of the Christian Faith, Pastor Jesus was teased and persecuted, the very same will happen to true followers of God. People will think that we are weak and take us for granted many times.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
How are we to respond? We should always seek to respond peacefully with LOVE and try to settle disputes amicably and use the LAW as a last resort. That's what Pastor Jesus would have done. In dealing with many matters, Pastor Jesus showed LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. But in dealing with others, he got RADICAL.
Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
This shows us that although we should aim to always be on the CALM side, there are times when we should stand up for our RIGHTS and not be walked over all the time. When we pray and know when to move, GOD IS GOING TO BLESS OUR EFFORTS WITH SUCCESS and BLESSINGS.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake