Persecution Endurance


 I know of a young girl who accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord at age 15. Her parents were less than thrilled. In fact, they were opposed to her faith using verbal and occasionally physical abuse in an attempt to remove her confidence in the cross for salvation. To these atheistic parents, it was shameful to have a daughter embrace the Christian faith and they did their best to make her life miserable for three years. Finally, in her 18th year, they gave her an ultimatum – abandon Christ or be abandoned by them. They gave her one week to think about her decision. She told them she did not need a week, that she would never forsake her faith.  They insisted she take a week to think it through. But after three days of intense pressure from her parents, they could not endure her stubbornness any longer. Since she would not forsake her faith, they were forsaking her. And so they ‘kicked’ her out of their flat with only the clothes on her back. Without money, without clothes and without a place to stay she had nothing but her faith – and her real family – those who shared her faith!  Today, two years later she is vibrant in ministry and growing in her faith. Though reviled at home, she would bless her family. Though persecuted at home, she endured. May we be as faithful if ever in the same situation.


NAU 1 Corinthians 4:12 and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;

NIV 1 Corinthians 4:12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

KJV 1 Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:


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