The Beatitudes, Part VI

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  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.

Matthew 5:8-12

We have come to the part of this passage which tells us that “… Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.”  History is full of examples of those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness.  Page after page could be (and has been) written about those giants of the faith who have been truly persecuted for righteousness.  There have been many martyrs through the ages who have suffered the “ultimate” persecution.  Their reward will be great.

Our “persecutions” are not usually in that league.  Our persecutions might be as simple as a dirty look or a little gossip behind our backs.  We might occasionally get yelled or cursed at.  Our persecutions are usually less persecutions and more annoyances.  Of course, with the course of our present world, we might be called upon at some time to suffer actual persecution.  But, whether our persecutions are great or small, we can rest assured that our Heavenly Father sees and knows about them.  He will reward us for them.

It is easy to be offended when faced with some problems and trials, but there is a great inheritance for those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.  That thought will help us endure things that we might not otherwise be able to endure.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    When I read of what Christians in other countries are going through, I feel blessed and saddened at the same time. Blessed that it hasn’t gotten to us (as yet), and saddened that others are dying for His sake, while others are dying without Him.

    We often suffer because we make the wrong choices. The consequences are often painful but if we walked into it, then we have none to blame but ourselves. The suffering of which you write has to do with standing up and defending our faith. May we be open to trusting Him when our time comes to suffer for His name’s sake.

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • That is very true. I completely understand the “blessed and saddened” part. May we take advantage of our blessings and use them to the fullest to bring people to Him. I Peter 3:17 says “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” I have suffered a lot for “evil doing.” I’ve done things wrong and have paid a heavy price. But I have not often suffered much for Him. I pray that I will trust Him when that time comes.

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  2. This makes me think of how backwards things get, that we will suffer and be persecuted because we love and believe in Jesus, Who is Holy, Pure and True. Crazy, but that is the world we live in today. God bless you, Ben!

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    • He is “harmless and undefiled.” But He also caused to people to think about the fact that they are sinners, which they don’t like to do. I think it comes down to the fact that most people don’t want to hear the truth. Praying that people would want the truth!

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