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“[T]herefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure” (2 Thessalonians 1:4).

Unless you know what true persecutions are, you are better to remain silent.  There are those who have truly suffered for the cause of Christ.  The Lord knows and sees.  He who created you knows your circumstance.  In one sense, we all suffer, but each in different ways.  Hold to the faith you have been given and persevere knowing that God will grow in you what He intends.

Lord, let me never exaggerate the suffering I endure, yet also help me to own it and see it for what it is.  Guide me, Lord, so that I would be led by You alone and not tossed about as this world will try to do.  Lead me through all that comes my way that so I would hold fast to Your goodness and mercy.  You are the One who has always been there, for You are the One through whom all things have been made.

Lord Jesus, I was created for You and it is not the other way round.  Guide me, O Lord, in order that I would forever hold fast to what You teach me.  Let me never be conformed to this world, but in spite of what it may do to me, hold me fast to the truth You have revealed.  In firmness of faith may I speak the truth, example Your presence, and live peaceably with all in the community in which You have placed me.  Amen.