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February 10, 2012 - Persecuted and Blessed

By Doug Clay

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 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 5:10-12, NIV).

This is an interesting Beatitude. In all the previous Beatitudes, Jesus says blessed are “they,” but in this one He says blessed are “you.”

Christ didn’t say “if” you’re persecuted or “if” you’re insulted … but when, and He even admits that you are likely to be persecuted because of Him! Paul admits, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).

So what should you do when you get harassed because of your faith?

1. Consider the source. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

2. Don’t retaliate. “Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. ‘I’ll do the judging,’ says God. ‘I’ll take care of it’” (Romans 12:19, The Message).

3. Be kind. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21, NIV).

4. Rejoice over it. “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 5:12).

When you can respond to insults, critics and even persecution this way, it means God’s Spirit can be seen in you!

And that’s not all, it also means … you get to share His glory. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). That’s probably why Christ said, “And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields — whatever — because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life” (Matthew 19:29, The Message).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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