Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
The word blessed here means comforted by inner peace and God’s love. People who follow Christ and live according to the principles of God’s Word will face opposition and rejection. Those who uphold God’s standards of truth, justice and purity, refusing to follow and walk in the ungodly lifestyles of society, will be unpopular. They will receive criticism and opposition from the world and at times from those within the church. The Bible teaches that this is a time rejoice because God reserves a special blessing for those who suffer for his sake.
Christians must beware of the temptation to compromise their faithfulness to God’s promises in order to avoid shame, embarrassment or loss. The principles of God’s kingdom never change: “…everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). Yet those who suffer and endure persecution because of their devotion and commitment to God are promised a place of honor and reward in God’s heavenly kingdom.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Exodus 29:1-30:10, Matthew 26:14-46, Psalm 31:19-24 and Proverbs 8:14-26