Thank you for your email concerning Persecution, Anger and Forgiveness.
Indeed, it is very hard to deal with persecution in a Godly, balanced, Biblical way.
I have had to deal with the whole range of emotions from grief, shock, anger and temptations to bitterness.
In all of this I found the Psalms most helpful. Praying the Psalms and meditating on the Psalms. The Psalms teach one to take our frustrations, anger and desire for justice to the Throne of God. The Imprecatory Psalms, prayers for Justice, call on God to intervene and to either bring the wicked to repentance, or to deal with them in judgement. To bring them to repentance, or to remove them. Please see attached article 'Praying for Justice'.
Also doing something practically about it is most important and therapeutic.
I came out of the Holocaust in Rwanda sicker than I have ever been in my life. Writing the book 'Holocaust in Rwanda' was part of the healing process in putting down on paper what I saw and experienced and speaking up for those who could not speak for themselves. Similarly 'In the Killing Fields of Mozambique' and 'Faith Under Fire in Sudan'.
I personally have found it vitally important to do something positive to help those who are being persecuted, to expose those responsible for the persecution and to mobilise practical help and relief.
When we are doing something positive and making a difference, taking our frustrations and desires for justice to the One who will ultimately put all things right it brings healing. To protect us from bitterness and to heal us from all that persecution causes, we need to pray the Psalms.
Please see attached 'Remember the Persecuted'.
May the Lord continue to be your joy and strength.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond