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Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you

by on August 11, 2013

 

 

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.

 

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor,

How shall it be seasoned?

It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

 

You are the light of the world.

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, .

 

And it gives light to all who are in the house.

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:11-16

 

There will be persecution

For those who will not violate the Scripture

For those who will not violate their consciences

This is the battle of the ages

The battle of the ages is still being fought

Sometimes that battle is fought in your life

Sometimes that battle is fought in your heart

Always that battle is fought in the Church

When your life becomes the battle ground the battle becomes real

During times of persecution it is difficult to remember the reward.

 

Believers are the salt of the earth

Believers are the light of the world

Believers’ good works are the light with which they light the world

 

Be careful that bad attitudes do not make your salt to lose its savor

Be careful that bad attitudes do not make your light go dim

Be careful to do your good works for the glory of God the Father

God is calling you to be the light of this dark world

God is calling you to be the salt in this life

Make sure that the evil things said about you are false

 

Persecution and false accusations make life on earth very difficult

Persecution and false accusations make you long for Heaven

Persecution and false accusations make you pity the accusers

 

Persecutors live a painful life

Persecutors live an insecure life

Hurting others is the only life they know

Persecutors are, of all people, most miserable

 

Rejoice

Be very happy

You are part of a very special group of people

You are a member of a very special ecclesia

You are one with the prophets of all time

You can identify with Jesus

You have a great reward in 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.

 

 

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