Ah Persecution!

Matthew 5:10 10Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous  (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! 11Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account. 12Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great (strong and intense), for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Ah persecution. Who really wants to be persecuted? Especially for doing what is right? Not only are we blessed if we endure persecution, but this passage tells us to be supremely joyful about it. In Psalm 119:161-162 David says 161Princes pursue and persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words [dreading violation of them far more than the force of prince or potentate].  162I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great spoil. David had more of an awe for God than a fear of what others could do to him. He also knew that if he just continued to be obedient to the voice of the Lord, The Lord would revenge him. We see what happened in 2 Chronicles 36:14-17 14Also all the chiefs of the priests and the people trespassed greatly in accord with all the abominations of the heathen, and they polluted the house of the Lord which He had hallowed in Jerusalem. 15And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them persistently by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.  16But they kept mocking the messengers of God and despising His words and scoffing at His prophets till the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, till there was no remedy or healing. 17Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or hoary-headed; He gave them all into his hand. When the heathen mocked the words of God and the prophets of God, God allowed them to be overcome by their enemies. We can learn from this that God will honor us, if we honor Him.
When we do what is right in His sight, regardless of the consequences man can put on us, He will bless us and we will inherit His kingdom. The next time someone speaks against you, or treats you badly because of your faith, rejoice that God is your defense. As you continue to walk uprightly you will inherit every promise HE has to offer, and that is more important than any amount of persecution you could ever endure.


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