Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. – Matthew 5:11
On occasions, I am isolated by people I know on my job, church and yes, even people in my family. I don’t participate in conversations or any other activities that would displease God. Before I repented and surrendered myself to God, I was a part of all those things. Eleven years ago, I made a decision to please God and walk away from sin. Many of the people I once knew have turned away from me. It’s not because I am overbearing with my faith, I think it’s because my faith in Jesus makes them uncomfortable. Jesus said that He causes variances between people who might otherwise be close and agreeable on everything (Matthew 10:35) because of His teachings vs the teachings of the world.
I’ve been insulted and lied on by people who I thought were close to my heart. Some of those people are in my own family. Some of those people I have helped feed and clothe. But I take it all in stride because I believe in everything I’ve read and heard about Jesus and His teachings. As long as the insults, lies and persecution comes because of my faith in God, then I know I will be blessed beyond measure.
I will continue to let His light shine and lift Him before everyone I come in contact with. Hopefully they’ll want to know more so I can share this His awesomeness with someone so they can be blessed too.
Lord. I pray for the strength for everyone who is persecuted, lied on, ridiculed, insulted and even physically attacked. I pray you equip us to endure the current and future persecution we must endure to glorify our Father in heaven – Amen.
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 licenses to for people to have gay marriages.
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 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.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9
I am enjoying writing these posts on the Beatitudes. I don’t profess to be a biblical scholar at all. I’m just a big reader and doer of God’s word and I just get inspired to share the Gospel with others. There is an old song with the words; “I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, about somebody, who can save anybody!”
What is it like to be a child of a Father who created the earth and everything in it? What’s it like to be a child of a Father who owns everything we see, hear, touch, feel and taste? What is it like to be a child of a Father who can hear everything we say, even when we think He doesn’t hear us? What’s it like to be a child of a Father who sacrificed His only begotten Son because He loves us so much? Read more
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. – Matthew 5:7
Have you ever had an opportunity to really cause someone problems because of something they did or said, but decided that you wouldn’t take any action against them? That’s an example of mercy. Mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
The topic mercy is the fifth beatitude given during the sermon on the mount. In a society where we are interacting very closely together, I believe having mercy toward each other is crucial. We’re all wired differently, therefore there are some qualities of another’s personality that can rub us the wrong way. So it would be a very good idea to show mercy in these situations because the fruit of doing so benefit everyone involved in a particular situation. Read more
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4
When you’re mourning you are in distress over a loved one dying. Maybe your children have become involved in some sort of dangerous behavior. Maybe you are sick and perhaps heard some discomforting news from your doctor. Or. Maybe you’re mourning because you see what’s happening to people being overtaken by evil and have become a part of Satan’s plan instead of God’s plan of Salvation.
Jesus’ teachings is the complete opposite of what we hear from the teachers of this world. We hear being blessed means you have it all and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) is enough to sustain you. Jesus is leading us into the truth and wants us to look past our pride and desire for this temporal world and see into the promised Kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Read more
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. – Matthew 5:1
I’ve heard a lot of people, and I did it too, say how blessed we are. Someone asks how we’re doing and we say I’m blessed. Perhaps we say it because we woke up after a night’s sleep. Perhaps we’re saying it because we can see, walk and talk. Or maybe we’re saying it because we have the basic needs to survive. Or maybe we’re saying it because we have possessions far beyond the basic needs. All of these are good reasons to say we’re blessed. But are we really blessed?
Over the next few days, I want to share passages that describe how blessed we are, or how blessed we aren’t. Jesus gave a sermon that has been called “The Sermon On the Mount” and “The Beatitudes.” These passages are an eye opener and I know it made me revisit God’s definition of being blessed.
I hope you will come back and read these future posts. I am sure they will help you better your relationship with God.