Rejoice and be glad when people insult, are mean, hurtful, and persecute you, for your reward is great – they persecuted the prophets who went before you.
Lord, help us to keep our eyes on You. Help us to ward off any offense. Give us forgiving hearts that You would be glorified in all that we have to go through. Your reward is great in heaven. Teach us how to store up riches in heaven. May our eyes be on You and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of Your glorious face. Make us strong in You. Give us confidence, courage, and boldness to hold firm to You, Your Word. And when we are slipping and having trouble holding on, I thank You for Your faithfulness in not letting us go by extending Your mighty arm and Your righteous right hand to take hold of us to keep us safe and secure from all alarm. Steady our heart, hands, and feet. Be glorified in our lives. Thank You God! In Jesus Name. Amen.