Persecuted for Being Faithful

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Jesus warned His disciples that they should expect to be hated. Why? “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18). These early disciples all would face various forms of hatred and persecution.

Persecution of Believers has continued throughout history. Countless have died for their faith. For example, in 1214 AD, Mongolian leader Genghis Khan massacred more than 4 million Christians. More than 15 million Christians are estimated to have died in prison camps in the Soviet Union between 1921–50. And there have been many other organized campaigns of persecution and death against Believers.

Today, persecution still is very real. Every day, Christians are being persecuted somewhere in the world. Churches are being burned. Pastors imprisoned. Men and women beaten. In fact, millions are risking their lives for their faith.

For many, it takes courage just to attend church or confess to being a Christian. Millions of people in places like China must worship underground. Many in Muslim nations face death if it becomes known that they’re embracing Christianity.

In your life, remember these men and women who risk everything because of their faith. Pray for them. Give of your time, talent, and treasure that the Gospel might be spread throughout these spiritually dark areas of the world through satellite technology, the Internet, and other means.

And also make sure you are standing strong in your own faith. Remember that God promises special blessings for those who endure persecution for the name of Jesus. Make sure Jesus is the Lord of your life and you are seeking first His Kingdom. Don’t give in to compromise, but remain faithful.