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March 26

2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, …
 
Paul is once again writing to Timothy because he is concerned about the health of churches and Christians under persecution from the emperor Nero at the time. Some see this part of 2 Timothy as a charge to Timothy as encouragement to continue on. Persecution looks differently all across the world. For us in the USA, it doesn’t look like it does in other parts of the world with beheadings, torture, and imprisonment. Some of us may lose friends, jobs, be treated differently, alienated, and so on. When that happens, it easy to give up. Paul writes in verse 12, “that all who desire to desire to live a godly life will be persecuted.” For Paul, that meant he was arrested, put on trial for numerous years, shipwrecked, and so on. However, no matter how bad it got, he focused on life of Jesus.
 
John 3:16 shows us that Jesus suffered persecution on our behalf, so that we may be saved. Scripture does not say that following Christ is an easy road, but when we spend time in the Word – we are in our training, being corrected, and being taught every step of the way. Be encouraged today, that Jesus leads by example and that because He is the Word, we have hope in our times of persecution!
 
Questions:
How have you been persecuted because of your faith? How has it strengthened you?
 
How can this verse and John 3:16 aid you in the times of persecution?
 
Activity:
Go to persecution.com and download the app that sends you prayer requests on a daily basis, sign up for the email prayer request, or download and print the global prayer guide. Pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Pray that Jesus may guide you through any persecution.