Apostle Grace Lubega
Psalm 5:8 (KJV); Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
In psychology, persecution is a form of anti-social behaviour. While enablers, discussed in the previous devotions, are self-centred, persecutors are self-righteous.
Persecutors tend to believe that everybody deserves what they get and had it coming. They thrive on other people’s failures and will never understand that some things that happen to others are beyond their control. Following someone else’s tragedy, a persecutor’s lips will leak with statements such as, “Let them suffer.”
To a persecutor, empathy is a mystery. He is that individual who is gloriously orbiting some sun while the rest of the world remains earthbound. The moral ground on which he stands is so exalted that he deems himself a worthy judge of every one else’s indiscretions. Persecutors sharpen their tongues with glee every time someone falls into trouble or scandal.
God has not called you to police other people’s morals or avidly participate in casting aspersions on people’s characters. In Titus 3:2, the instruction is ‘to speak evil of no man.’ Instead, God expects you to pray for men.
Additionally, God does not want you to despair simply because you are faced with a persecutor. Sometimes, you have to bear the brunt of their needless cruelty in order to stand. David in our theme scripture tells the Lord to lead him in the ways of His righteousness because of his enemies.
Pay no heed to those that harbour nothing for you but ill-will. God is still in the business of preparing tables in the presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5).
FURTHER STUDY: Titus 3:2, Psalm 23:5
GOLDEN NUGGET: Pay no heed to those that harbour nothing for you but ill-will. God is still in the business of preparing tables in the presence of your enemies.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. The Bible says blessed are those that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of God. I wear persecution as a badge of honour because I understand the blessing that it brings. I refuse to cower in the face of any enemies because I know that You have guaranteed my continual victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.