“For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: […]
The above post by Marandia Wright is just another to show how Jesus is capable of forgiving and then using the persecutors. In communist jails, some Christian prisoners were praising so loudly and were making jokes, despite terrible hunger, cold and diseases like TB. Romania, for instance, is not the most forgiving place in winter to sleep on a concrete floor. Ask Richard Wurmbrand (Tortured for Christ.) He did it for fourteen years. So many times, their wardens became reborn and, because of the crime of being a Christian, they became fellow inmates. Can you imagine the hard decision it was for any of them, as they knew that they would go to jail and most likely never see the light of day as free men again?
The praising of God is what had seen the prisoners through; sometimes, they had to be cautioned to silence while dressed in perhaps only underwear, while they had no bathroom facilities and the floors, being their beds, had to do service. Now imagine the tummy trouble in a filthy jail. These people praised God in their distress, which is more than I can say for myself.
There is another aspect, though. They did not send around memes about Muslims or ISIL, verbalising in F-Major like Christians do on Google+. No, they prayed for their haters, for their oppressors. Which makes them much better than I am. Even so, our changed attitude can turn the hearts of men with shiny swords to become demon slayers, if we pray for their salvation, if our better attitude draws them to Jesus. Then arms them with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God………..imagine…….see reality manifest…..