When viewed in light of the persecution that many Christians are facing on a daily basis in various parts of the world, Hebrews 13:3 is a powerful verse. This verse instructs us to remember those who are in prison and mistreated.
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
How often do we think about those who are in prison because of their faith? How frequently do we pray for those who are mistreated because they are living out their relationship with Christ?
It is difficult to relate to people who are experiencing something that we have never experienced. However, the instruction of this verse is to do all we can to identify with those in need, to try and put ourself in their place.
We know that if we were starving, we would want someone to feed us, and that if we were in prison, we would want to be helped.
So how can we be obedient to this verse? Here are a few ideas.
1- Remember that there are people in many parts of the world who are facing persecution because of their faith. Do not ignore this reality.
2- Take time in your worship services to pray for the persecuted church.
3- Send help when it is possible to do so.
4- Give to organizations that work to relieve the suffering of those being persecuted.
These are just a few ideas. However, we cannot fall into the trap of doing nothing. To do so would be to ignore the instruction of this verse.