Father, let people see Your love in the way we act and speak.  We’d rather speak words of bitterness when the wicked don’t listen to us.  Fill our mouths with love and kindness and let our actions be humble.  I pray this so that Your kingdom might advance.  Even when the unbelievers stubbornly refuse You, may we continue to preach in steadfast love and patience.  Protect us when others seek to take our lives or ruin our civil lives.  Your Word says that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God (v. 22).  When we face them, give us strength and courage to remember the hope that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.