Loving God. Loving our neighbor.

Persecuted and Blessed

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…

…the entire Bible and all the early church fathers agree that those who try to harm us end up being very useful to us if we patiently endure the suffering. …But how can our enemies not harm us when they try so hard to kill us and sometimes even succeed?… God has ordained matters so that the sins of the world end up bringing us blessing. So also the persecutions of the world aren’t useless, but God intended for them to increase our blessings. So when the world tries to harm us, it ends up serving us and making us better people. …Martin Luther