Willing to Suffer

Recently an Iranian pastor was sentenced to die. Why? Because he had converted to Christianity. Today many people around the world face beatings, imprisonment or even death because they follow Jesus.
Our Bible verses today are part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew, chapter 5, Jesus teaches us some things about persecution and suffering. In verse 44 He says, “But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly.” It is sometimes hard for us to love our enemies. When we are suffering, we do not want to love the people who are hurting us. But Jesus wants us to show love for our enemies. He wants us to be different from other people in the world.
Perhaps you will suffer today because you are a Christian. Don’t give up! Remember Jesus’ words, and show His love to other people.