Sunday Scripture: Matthew 5:11-12

Three crosses on a hill

Verse:

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

-Matthew 5:11-12

Personal Meaning:

People hating you, insulting you and persecuting you is a hard thing to think about or accept. It is even tougher to see the bright side of such treatment. Our Lord Jesus suffered this at the hands of the Jewish leaders and the Romans. He took it despite having the power to destroy every single one of them or to deliver himself from the torment. He did so because He knew His suffering would redeem us and allow us to (re)join His father’s family. His reward, His blessing for suffering through this was for us not for Him…

As the world turns further and further away from God we will see this treatment increase. It already is. We need to face this treatment with strength and perseverance not allowing it to steal our faith and focus on God. We can also find hope and confidence that our troubles will increase our rewards in Heaven.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Give me strength and courage in the face of persecution. Help me to rejoice in the eternal rewards that will be gained from enduring temporary hardships faced in this fallen world. Lord, help me to keep my faith through trials.

Amen

Today I am Thankful For:

The word of God and the freedom to study it, learn it and share it.

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Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

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