Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:10
Being hated and harmed is never easy for any person. Most people hate and want to fight back. Others give in to the demands of their persecutors, just to stop the suffering.
Many will compromise their standards in order to avoid persecution.
John quotes Jesus warning the church of Smyrna of persecution about to happen for a time of severe testing. He encourages them to be faithful, even unto death, to get a crown of life.
Persecution of Christians is something that has been occurring all over the world. Some places it has been extremely severe for many years, others it is just rising to become more severe.
There have been many believers who compromised their standards because they were ridiculed and made fun of for their beliefs. They did not remain faithful to God in the time of light persecution.
The enemy, the devil, will continue to rise in the last days, before Jesus returns, to persecute believers more and more. Places that have not yet imprisoned believers will begin soon. Believers have been warned of this coming, so that they do not lose faith.
Every believer needs to be willing to stand on his belief in Jesus regardless of what the world throws his way. He must not be afraid of what mortal man can do to the body, but fear God alone, who can kill both the body and soul.
Yes, persecution may end in physical death on this earth, but it is rewarded with the crown of eternal life for faithfulness.
At this time in your life you may or may not be going through any persecution for your belief in Jesus, however, it will come at some point. Know what you believe and whom you believe in.
Trust God and His word and stand upon it. During times of coming persecution put your focus upon God and the return of Jesus. God is watching your faithfulness and will reward you accordingly.
Do not allow yourself to fall short and give into the enemy. On God’s side, you will win eternal life in the end.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will remain faithful in living a holy life for God; that God will strengthen you and remove fear of what man may do to you; and that God will be able to reward you with eternal life some day.