Jottings – Wisdom to Know How to Act in Time of Persecution

“Matthew“


Commenting on Matthew 24:16 ~

 

For one thing, we see that flight from danger may sometimes be the positive duty of a Christian. Our Lord Himself commanded his people under certain circumstances ‘to flee.’ The servant of Christ undoubtedly is not to be a coward. He is to confess his master before men. He is to be willing to die, if needful, for the truth. But the servant of Christ is not required to run into danger, unless it comes in the line of duty. He is not to be ashamed to use reasonable means to provide for his personal safety, when no good is to be done by dying at his post. There is deep wisdom in this lesson. The true martyrs are not always those who court death, and are in a hurry to be beheaded or burned. There are times when it shows more grace to be quiet, and wait, and pray, and watch for opportunities, than to defy our adversaries, and rush into the battle. May we have wisdom to know how to act in time of persecution! It is possible to be rash, as well as to be a coward—and to stop our own usefulness by being over hot, as well as by being over cold.

 

J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), pp. 318f.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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A Christian Response To ISIS Persecution

Christian response to ISIS persecution

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

 

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Jottings – Joyful Suffering

Jottings

It is as heavenly things loom large before the soul that one can hold the things of earth with a loose hand, and endure suffering and persecution with joyfulness knowing that Christ will estimate all aright at His judgment seat and reward according to the measure of devotedness presented here.

H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994. Sept. 10.

 

 

 

 

 

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