Jesus told us to rejoice when persecuted, not whine and complain

Matthew Bible Background

01.05.2017 – New Testament: Matt 5.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 5.1–26 on January 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

At the beginning of His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus announced that verbal attacks constitute persecution, and that we should rejoice when such happens,

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 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 5.10–12). 

Therefore, do not let anyone tell you that when people speak against you for your faith that it is not persecution, because Jesus labeled it as persecution.

However, He did not pronounce a blessing upon us for complaining about the persecution, but He taught us to rejoice, and even to be exceedingly glad, explaining that we have two blessings for it: First, that we have a reward in Heaven, and second, we are classed with the prophets.

Questions:

  • How did someone persecute you for your righteousness?
  • Did you rejoice when it happened?

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