Bless and Do Not Curse #803

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14, NKJV)

The Lord’s apostle challenges our faith, commanding us to speak well of those who despise us for our faith’s sake. Jesus Himself said, “bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you (Lk. 6:28). It is nothing new for Christians to face personal conflict with worldly people who refuse God and His word. Our faith in Christ compels us to follow His example, and invoke God’s blessing on behalf of those who sin against us. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” reverberates in our heart, reminding us that we may be the only one who is praying for the sinner whose venom is directed toward us (Lk. 23:34). Be proactive when faced with persecution for your faith, and “bless those who persecute you.”

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