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Blessed are the Persecuted
Bible Verse Matthew 5:1-2, 5:10
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"
This beatitude can be especially difficult for us to understand and to experience. We know there are places in our world today where innocent people who follow Jesus are persecuted and sometimes even killed for no other reason than their faith in Christ. For such, their reward is eternity spent in the presence of Jesus and the blessing of showing themselves to be a good and faithful servant to the God we love. As believers we are to follow the example of Jesus during His earthly ministry.
And live a life as He taught us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Treating others with kindness, long-suffering, compassion and understanding as we seek to spread the Gospel of salvation through Christ alone. We are called to pray fervently, help those in need and be a light to the world. Always striving in prayer to keep our hearts humble. Because without humility we are in danger of the same disease that the Pharisee's of Jesus' day contracted. A heart grown cold because of self-righteous attitudes developed from years of practicing religion, rather than following Jesus. The idea of persecution spoken of here refers to someone who was not seeking confrontation, but because of their faith experienced harm.
What this means for us is when we use our faith as a tool to confront others. To make others acutely aware of their sin in a manner that makes us boastful or proud. We are not being Christ like and persecution from that kind behavior does not gain us special blessings from God. We must never forget warrior's for Jesus fight on their knees in prayer, before sacrificing themselves for others and the spread of the Gospel. We must never forget the cross of Christ is in itself an offence to the world. Let us take heed that we add no offence by our own actions giving others means to insult the name of Jesus.