Devotional by Lisa Weitkamp
"Am I leading a rebellion," said Jesus, "that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?"
Jesus was treated like a criminal and ever since his crucifixion, Christians have been treated like criminals when they speak the truth or share the gospel. What is disturbing for me to see though, is Christians being persecuted in America. I always thought Christians were safe to express their beliefs in what use to be "one nation under God." In our present time, the enemy is trying to silence us. We cannot be silenced! People need to hear the truth more than ever. We cannot be afraid of what man can do to us. God is on our side. He has given us power and wisdom to fight the enemy. We have to fight the enemy with peaceful and loving actions.
I have realized over the past year that although I was speaking the truth to my enemies, I was saying hateful words. Who will listen to me when I am acting hateful toward them? Hate stirs up more dissension. Jesus did not speak hatefully toward anyone, even when confronted with those who sought to hurt him. He remained calm. When I follow his example, the more likely people will receive the message. I will stand my ground, even when treated like a criminal, but I won't act like a criminal in the process.
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“2-23-14 Thinking for a Change Pt 6 Prudence”
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