Blessed are those who are Persecuted

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

I have to admit that I cannot relate to being persecuted.. much less persecuted for righteousness sake. Yet even the casual reader of the bible, or of the history that follows the biblical text, understands that people have been, and are being, persecuted for their faith.

So, the question is how can a person like me (and maybe you) even relate to these verses. I could try to find some analogy, or even regale you with stories of martyrs, but anything that I think of seems to fall short when I think of the way that most of us in the West live these days.

So my challenge, and maybe yours, is to keep before my heart those who suffer persecution in other lands.. those who are imprisoned for righteousness sake.. those who are beaten on account of their faith.. those who are murdered because they preach the gospel.

Lord, help those who are persecuted for righteousness sake.

1 comment:

  1. I too have not experienced any kind of persecution that the Scriptures speak of.

    However, when I worked at Witco Chemical, (3 girls in the office) all the rest men (non-Christian).

    They knew I was a Christian, and I did get some teasing, as I would bring my Bible to work and read on my lunch hour. One day they hired a new man, who had long hair and a beard.... They all came in the office and said I would love the new employee, cause he looked just like Jesus! (They got a laugh, but guess who's desk they wandered over too when they had a problem, or prayer request!

    We really don't have a clue what persecution is in our Western Society.

    Good thoughts Bob.


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