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Message of the Day: Regard It As A Privilege When You Are Persecuted For Doing What Is Right For Christ’s Sake

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12, NKJV)

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Blessed, happy, are the spiritually humble, the sorrowful, the patient, the long–suffering, those spiritually hungry for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peace makers and maintainers, and those who are persecuted for doing right and for Christ’s sake. This is the exact opposite of the world’s standards.

When we realize the greatness of God’s mercy to us, we will be more merciful to others. In return we will receive yet more mercy from God. If with a pure heart, we try to please God and not themselves, we will be fittingly rewarded with a vision of God himself.

As God’s children, we reflect the true character of our Father when we help those who have quarrelled to become friends again. We prove ourselves to be worthy citizens of God’s kingdom when we stand for him against wrongdoing, even though we may suffer as a result. When persecuted for Christ’s sake we rejoice, knowing that we are hereby united with God’s true people of former days.

We should regard persecution as a great privilege – a thing not to be mourned over, but as among the chief blessings of life.

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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