Refinement in Forgiveness and Persecution – Persecution is a historical pattern. It takes on many forms, and it revisits society in various socially-acceptable ways. Persecution caused the Church of Acts to grow. It separated those who sought only blessing from those willing to deny self and minister life at their own personal expense. Part of the Church’s call to standout as salt and light to the world, is our eagerness to forgive. Will we the Church be willing to forgive others before they apologize? The only way to arrive at forgiveness quickly is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We must be quick to surrender, not to the ones hurting us, but to the Holy Spirit working through us.