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“But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God” (1 Peter 2:20).

Be careful with the path of self-justification. It may lead you astray into pride. But truly, if you are being persecuted for Jesus’ sake, then endure it with fortitude.  But if it is deserved, be quick to repent and be led by the Spirit of the Lord.  He who is faithful will lead you in His goodness  through all circumstances.  Come to Him and be led by His grace and not by what you think or feel.

Lord, You must lead, for I do not understand the full truth of any situation.  When it is time, lead me to look to You and if persecuted, to persevere through all that may come my way.  This life is a struggle, and You are the Lord of all.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of eternal life so that I may now and forever be led by what is right and true.  Help me in every circumstance to go where You lead.

Lord Jesus, You know what it is to be persecuted for no reason at all.  You suffered beating and death for our sake.  Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth so that I may now and always be guided by Your goodness and mercy.  Help me for Your name’s sake to walk in the humble way of serving You in others.  Through all things, teach me to persevere in order that I may indeed become more like You in all things.  Amen.

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