Summary: What is our daily behavior called to be? Let us examine this in the next few weeks of Study.
How should we behave in this world…Part 1
…by blessing those who persecute you…
We as “true” believers have a call to live a balanced life. We are to be “in the world, but not of the world”. This is a hard area for most…
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:19
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16
The world system is committed to at least four major objectives, which I can summarize in four words: fortune, fame, power, pleasure. First and foremost: Fortune, money. The world system is driven by money; it feeds on materialism. Second: Fame. That is another word for popularity. Fame is the longing to be known, to be somebody in someone else’s eyes. Third: Power. This is having influence, maintaining control over individuals or groups or companies or whatever. It is the desire to manipulate and maneuver others to do something for one’s own benefit. Fourth: Pleasure. At its basic level, pleasure has to do with fulfilling one’s sensual desires. It’s the same mindset that’s behind the slogan: "If it feels good, do it." Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.219.
Instead of the world’s behavior, Let’s see what our daily behavior should be…
Show Christ by blessing those who persecute you…
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Romans 12:14
The word “bless” (eulogeo) means to speak well of.
We are to speak well of those who persecute us.
Could this be difficult when verbally or physically attacked, mistreated, insulted, by-passed, overlooked, slandered, cursed, abused, injured?
Often we do not overlook these things in our families…But God’s word is unmistakable, speak well of the person who attacks you...
What does it mean to bless and to speak well of?
It means to speak well to our persecutors. It means not cursing, speaking harshly, or striking out at them. Instead we find something commendable about them and we commend them for it.
“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9).
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephes. 4:31-32).
It means to speak well about our persecutors. We do not down the persecutor, but we mention some commendable traits. We praise some “good thing” about the person; we do not tear them down.
It means to pray for our persecutors.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).