The most excellent way

I will show you the most excellent way.

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them on Facebook or Twitter; pray that God will bless them. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. 

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with generosity.

Love everyone who is opposed to what you believe! Pray for those who take away your rights!  If you love only those who agree with you, what reward is there for that? Anybody can do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? 

But if you try that, and you still suffer for doing good, don’t worry–God is pleased with you.

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

So don’t worry or be afraid of threats. Instead, worship Christ as Lord of your life.

In fact, it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Instead of being angry, praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, just keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

Never forget that God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Oh yeah, one last thing–you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

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About Tim Owens

I'm a husband, father, and Christ follower. I also live in Albany, NY, where I work as a pastor.
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