“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:10
In this world, people who try to promote peace, or righteousness, or live a life of gentleness and meekness, they will find opposition.
They will be persecuted. One would think that such a life would attract people to the kingdom of God.
People want justice, but they want it their way and not God’s way.
They are rebellious toward God.
They much prefer power, and privilege, and possessions.
The world wants an easygoing, popular kind of religion.
A religion that does not involve conviction, a cross or the blood of Jesus on the cross.
They want an easy religion. A religion that requires nothing from them, but gives them all their wants.
This is not the religion that Jesus is telling us about in the Sermon on the Mount.
This is a religion that requires everything from the ones that follow Jesus Christ. It will cost you your life. Just as it cost Jesus His life.
“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (Luke 9:24)
We are persecuted for righteousness and because of the name of Jesus.
Persecution comes as a result of a disciple of Jesus Christ daring to live Beatitudes.
The world’s philosophy is exactly opposite of that which Jesus expresses in the Beatitudes.
These opposite viewpoints lead to opposing ways of life. But we should rejoice always.
“Rejoice in the Lord always.
Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men.
The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)