2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
God knows we will be targeted because of our faith, Jesus was crucified because He is Lord! As his followers our beliefs will be challenged, when that happens it can be difficult to remain peaceful! However, that is what we are called to do. We are not called to be passive or “tolerant” when our God is attacked, but anger will not do us any good.
Romans 12:17- 21, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
When we respond to evil and harshness with peace and love, it will be noticed! We are the representatives of Jesus Christ! He calls us to be His hands and feet. The best way to do this is to follow the model He gave to us. When Jesus was tempted He responded with scripture!
Responding with scripture is the best way to handle conflict for a few reasons. 1. It shows the other person what God is really all about! You might show them something they have never heard before. 2. Keeping our own minds and hearts on scripture helps to keep us from anger and saying things that do not represent Christ.
My challenge for you today is to pick a few verses to memorize for when your faith is challenged. See the resource tab for a list of some good options!
“Father I know I will be challenged for my faith in You. Lord, when that happens I pray that You would give me Your words. Help me to keep my mind on You and the example You give me during any situation I face. Amen!”