“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”Matthew 5:11
In Matthew’s gospel, the apostle records the remarkable Sermon on the Mount where Jesus lists nine beatitudes of blessedness, and another word for blessed is happy. That is why the ninth beatitude can take the reader by surprise and be somewhat confusing. After all, it’s hard to be happy when someone is persecuting us in the form of slander, abandonment, or worse, hunted and killed depending on where one lives in the world. So why does Jesus say happy are those who are persecuted for His sake?
The answer is because when we face persecution, we know we are walking the narrow path of which Jesus spoke, and we know that God is glorifying Himself through us. We know that our reward lies not in this fallen world but in the life yet to come in heaven with Jesus. When we face persecution in the world, Jesus said, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” In other words, you’re in good company, remain firm in your faith, and take courage.
Therefore, let us be encouraged by and mindful that when we face persecution in the world, Jesus has overcome the world. The Bible never promises that our walk in this life would be easy, but it does promise that Jesus is with us always, watching over us, working in and through us, and sanctifying us for the coming day of our redemption.
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“God never leaves you nor forsakes you.” I’ve heard that before. “Jesus will leave the 99 to come after you.” I’ve heard that one too. Meanwhile, fear creeps up when life hurls a season of loneliness our way, and poof! Churchy sayings hold as much weight as thin air. Believe it or not, God is cheering us on and inviting us to thrive amidst the loneliness. Yes, it’s weird and scary, but this emptiness is a safe space where you get to hear the God of everything speak the loudest. You’re safe because God is so good at owning goodness, and because of Him, you aren’t so by yourself.”
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