Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
I'm paying a lot of attention to what is going on in Iraq right now. The persecution of Christians in that country has reached monumental levels. Iraqi Christians have been told to convert to Islam, pay a hefty fine, or face "death by sword." And let's face it, the option to die is the one that ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) seems to favor.
Christians in Iraq are fleeing. They are losing everything they have just to escape death. It's a horrible situation. There have been reports of horrific acts of violence.
So how does one bless the people doing this and not curse them?
As I sit here giving this some serious thought, the only answer I have is prayer. Bless them through prayer. Pray for God to intervene on these clearly confused souls. I could go off all day about what I think of what ISIS is doing. I could scream and yell and rage. But I'm told to bless and not curse... So I'll pray. It's the only thing I can think of that seems good enough. And I know God will listen.
What is encouraging you this week?