Biblical Reflections: Matthew 5:11-12

Matthew 5:11-12 – Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Persecution for Christ’s sake is good. How so? When we conduct ourselves according to God’s Word seeking His kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy, we will reap what we sow. However, those who reject God’s sovereignty and love will envy and despise us for the righteousness, peace, and joy we exhibit. Especially when we acknowledge God as the source of our blessings, we can sadly expect unbelievers to rage and take counsel against us and the Lord (Psalm 2:1-2).

As God made provision for the care of the Prophets and Apostles before us, we can count on Him to give ua the grace to endure. This does not mean we will have fun or even that we might not die in His service. Certainly the history of the Church tells some sad stories in this regard. However, Paul reminded us that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

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