The Lord gives us the command to love not only our neighbors but also our enemies. While this is easier said than done, we must keep in mind that Christians who live godly lives are bound to receive persecution. It is not our place to hate and to seek revenge; however, vengeance is in God’s hands, and He will work out His will in all these situations.

We spend some time looking at what persecution is, why believers will receive it, what form it may take from the world and how the Christian should respond to it. Finally, we look at some of the imprecatory passages of Scripture and try to understand how these texts, where God’s people call down curses on His enemies, can be reconciled with the commandment to pray for and seek the blessing of those who persecute us as believers.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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