11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good
and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourning
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
they gnashed their teeth at me. Psalm 35:11-16
Have you ever felt you were unjustly punished or mistreated for doing good? You’re not alone.
Millions of Believers feel this every day in persecuted countries. These are countries that openly and deliberately single out Christians because of what they believe. The scars, humiliation, and beatings they feel are very real. Often, though, we hear stories of such persecution followed by how the persecuted responded: prayer and rejoicing that they were worthy to be persecuted for the Name.
It’s a very different kind of thinking, one that is totally in line with selfless thinking.