Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:10
In a world where being strong enough to take matters in your own hands is the norm, people who have faith and wait on the Lord are seen as foolish and weak. In a world where right has become wrong and wrong has become right, people who live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus are ridiculed and tragically silenced, in some cases through executions
People who trust in God, Christians, have been labeled as hateful, bigots, judgmental and intolerant when we refuse to accept anything that isn’t according to God’s word and will for all people. And recently, a woman has been arrested because she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people.
This treatment would come under the definition of persecution which is, hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs. Jesus warned us when He said we would be blessed a hundredfold if we lost family, friends and material possessions for becoming His disciples, but the blessings would come with persecutions (Mark 10:30).
But having the faith we have, we should look forward to what’s going to take place after the world is over and Jesus comes to establish His Kingdom. If we hold on and don’t deny Him, all persecutions, sickness, death, injustices, oppression and whatever else the prince of this world has established will not be a factor any longer.
Lord. Please grant us the strength to endure the persecutions of today and what’s to come. Thank you for being our strength when we’re weak, and supplying us with an abundance of grace that is sufficient for us to be victorious in the end. – Amen.