II Thessalonians 1:3-4 ” We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God’s Churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”

Paul wrote this letter to the Persecuted Church in Thessalonica, offering comfort and exhorting them to continue to serve the Lord in spite of the hardships. He urged them to be “Imitators of the Lord in spite of their severe suffering.” (I Thessalonians 1:6) Living in the United States I have no idea what it would be like to be part of a Persecuted Church. My Church has never been harassed, oppressed, or banned from meeting. We have never had to put our utter trust in God because our corrupt government is denying Corona Virus vaccines to only the wealthy and powerful…leaving the vast majority of us vulnerable. God help the Persecuted Church…may they never surrender to the circumstances or succumb under the trials…may their zeal and ardor in the faith be not only an encouragement but an example to us all…and may they take comfort in the Lord’s mercy and grace as they continue to endure.

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