As ISIS sweeps through Syria and Iraq we are hearing daily reports of beheadings, executions, kidnappings, and other atrocities. Many of their victims are Christians– specifically targeted because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ instructed His followers to Love their enemies and to pray for those who persecuted them (Matthew 5:22). For me, this command is largely theoretical… the worst “persecution” I have personally “suffered” is someone laughing at me or telling me that I am naive to believe that the Bible is God’s word.
However, for many of our brothers and sisters in Christ persecution is all too real. Some are being forced from their homes, others tortured and executed.
Let’s bear up our brothers and sisters in fervent prayer as we have been told to “remember… those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:2 ESV