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They had prepared their slings and arrows fashioned from their outrageous fortune and had used them with intentional force.  It was premeditated.  It was a set move.  It was nasty. Sometimes in life we feel like we are set up to fail, that no matter how much we stand up for what we believe, we end up sitting right back down.  There is a paradox in fighting for justice, what is right and true, and then, turning the other cheek, as Jesus did.

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Persecution takes many forms, usually its the subtle acts orchestrated by the enemy, often through people, places and events that are designed to throw you off track, get under your skin, and make you feel angry and then revengeful.  How we deal with these irritations is important.  Sometimes we need to speak up and sometimes silence is the best offensive weapon. How often though do we race ahead without acknowledging that the battle belongs to the Lord.

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. ~Exodus 14:14

I have often been persecuted and insulted for my faith.  Mainly the subtle stuff – the blank looks, the whispers, people apologizing for swearing in front of me (what’s with that?) and the scattering of people when I walk in the room.  All this is good.  Really.  It means that people maybe just recognize something in me that looks a bit like Jesus.  This is what I’m aiming for and it helps me to know that I’m on the right track.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. ~ Matthew 5:11

What I do know is this.  We are blessed when we are persecuted – it means that we are on the right track.  We are blessed because we serve a very big God.  We are loved by God and that is all that matters.  Persecution does not define us – it just points to the road we are walking, the narrow road. Other people’s harsh words are really just sticks and stones. God’s word on us is final and defines us.

So what about you my friend?  Have you been persecuted lately?  Here’s a harder question. Are you someone who is persecuting someone else, but you would never admit to it? If you are, what will you do? Maybe sometime this week, here or somewhere share your story, it may just help someone recognize that they are blessed and that they are on the right road.  Perhaps you could pray for those who you know that are on this journey.

Definition

I am not defined
By what you think of me
My reputation matters not
As it flows out with the sea

The content of my character
Is chiselled by the sea
As the Master works his plan
And his purpose just for me

I am not defined
By what emotions capture me
This is just the way I feel
And not my reality

Your words hold no power
No judgement over me
I break the chains of bondage
As Jesus set me free

So say and think what you like
Your storm in your cup of tea
Your hollow judgement
Holds no verdict over me

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