It is hard to imagine how one may view being insulted, persecuted, or slandered to be a position of blessing, but that is exactly what Jesus says in this week’s memory verses (Matthew 5:11-12). Of course, he isn’t speaking of just any insult or any hardship, but one that comes because of our willingness to live a life in line with the will of God. When our stance for Christ costs us something, and inevitably it will, we may rejoice in that loss instead of mourning over it. We find ourselves in the same position that the prophets, many other Christians across the world, and even our Savior was in.
“You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
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