Blessed are those who are persecuted

When Jesus gave the Beatitudes, He spoke of one that seems to be a little shocking, since nowadays we are told of blessing after blessing, that God does not want us to experience pain and suffering, but rather that God’s plan is that nothing and no one can touch us in this life. Although this type of message seems very beautiful, the Bible tells us something very different and this in a beatitude, we will see below exactly what Jesus said on this subject in the Beatitudes.

The Bible says:

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:11-12

Jesus was saying something He knew that His disciples would later go through things like vituperation and persecution, and He was training them for when that moment came they would realize that it was not that God did not feel compassion for them, but the opposite, that it was something for which they had to feel blessed.

There are times when we pass certain trials with other people, we see them rise up against us because of preaching the gospel, and many times we feel dejected, but it should not be so, we should feel blessed, because we have the privilege of suffer for the sake of the gospel of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, to Him be all glory and power.

Jesus ends by telling us the following words: “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” And that is why in the book of Acts we see that when the apostles suffered for this cause, they enjoyed and were happy to have been taken into account.

Let’s rejoice and be happy to be partakers of this glorious gospel.

4 thoughts on “Blessed are those who are persecuted

  • August 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    Word made my day ,with out God I wouldn’t have made it this far in my life

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    Blessed are those who are persecuted
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    Being a follower of Jesus christ may be something dangerous, even deadly, for us if we testify and keep our faith in Him and confess we are Christian people, as it was told by the Lord in one of the Beatitudes.

    This is something which does not happen nowadays, in this material world that we are living in, where Christian people are being ignored, and in Europe, where Christian influence is losing strength.
    But we can read news about Christian people in Arabic or African countries or other places of Islamic influence: there Christian people are known to be persecuted, to be suffering abuse and to be hated. That is especially true among converted people from Islamic families. The Lord said:

    “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
    Matthew 5:11

    The Lord Jesus Christ said that it’s a blessed people that
    who is persecuted and censured for his name’s sake. That was the case with prophets and others that ministered the Word of God or testified of Jesus: they were abused, even killed, as they defended their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Those who are witnesses of Jesus and are persecuted, can be glad and rejoice because they will be rewarded in Heaven, as the Lord promised in the gospel:

    “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:12.

    May the Lord Jesus Christ help and lead us to be faithful people, if he permits us to be tested by persecution for his name’s sake.

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