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Dealing with Persecution

Before meeting Jesus, Paul ruthlessly persecuted Christ followers. After meeting Christ, he often endured ruthless persecution. From both perspectives, he knew the discouragement persecution can cause firsthand, and he gave us scripture that will help us remain faithful when facing persecution and spiritual warfare. He reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4:1 to stay strong and he continues to encourage us by giving us three principles to remember as we face trouble head on.

Using 2 Corinthians 4:2, we can view persecution as an opportunity. We are reminded that our words and deeds matter. Every day and in every situation, others are watching. We display the light of Jesus by responding to our persecutors with grace, love and honesty. Persecution can reveal our true colors and nature.

2 Corinthians 4:2-3 remind us to stay focused even while enduring persecution. God sees our persecution. When we focus on Jesus, and not our persecutors, we are reminded that we are not alone in our trials. Focusing on Jesus also removes the temptation to take the glory that only Jesus deserves.

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 show persecution as a mirror. When light is reflected it provides an exact visual image. Mirrors can be used in telescopes and microscopes to intensify the focus of the light making it more revealing. We know that the enemy has blinded the minds of unbelievers, and they need to visibly see the Gospel in action. When saved people serve people, especially those who persecute us, we are most closely reflecting the image of Jesus. He is most glorified and unbelievers become more receptive to the Gospel.


  • What specific ways can you encourage someone today who is facing spiritual warfare?
  • Where have you been taking credit for good things you have done instead of giving all the glory to Jesus?
  • Who in your life has been reflecting the image of Jesus to you recently? What might Jesus be trying to teach you about Himself?

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