When you’re persecuted and hated, don’t fear.

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“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” Matthew 10:31, ESV.

Why are Christians being persecuted and killed around the world? Why so much hatred for God? Jesus said the time would come when we would be hated by all men. He said there would come a time when anyone that kills a Christian would think they are doing God a service (see John 16:2). So what perspective does God want us to have? He says, don’t fear those who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. To further explain this point, Jesus said to His twelve disciples, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will.” To drive His point home, He said, “But all of the hairs on your head are numbered. Do not fear, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Let these words sink into your heart today. You are of more value than many sparrows. In people’s eyes, a sparrow is worth half a cent. That’s nothing! But to God, it’s something! Not one sparrow dies without the Father knowing it. In people’s eyes, your life may not be worth anything. Some may hate your very existence. But to God, He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He’s saying, you are of value to Me. Don’t fear what man can do to you. They cannot kill your soul. To leave your body is to be present with your Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:8).

No matter who hates you, know they hated Him before they ever hated you. Don’t be afraid. Whatever happens, God is allowing it for a divine purpose. He will be glorified through your life or through your death. Trust Him and continue to fight the good fight of faith to the very end (see 1 Timothy 6:12). What an honor it is to serve Him!

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your comforting words to my heart. It’s an honor to know you, to be known by you, to serve you, to live for you, and even give my life for your cause if you needed me to. Deepen my understanding of you, Father. When persecution comes my way, help me not to fear people. I fear and reverence you. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Study Matthew 10:28-31; Hebrews 11; Matthew 5:10-12)

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