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Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness

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

In these verses, Jesus plainly lays out a terrifying truth: the world is on one side and God is on the other. Those who are perfect for Heaven will not be respected or loved on earth. And there is great blessing in that.

If you are insulted and mocked because of your love for Jesus, you have a great reward in heaven that no earthy reward or praise can compare with. It is not a reward seen or understood by worldly hearts. Like the other blessings in the beatitudes, this blessing cannot be seen by earthly carnal physical eyes. Those who are wise in theworld cannot understand it. And the disciples of Christ must remember this and not allow themselves to be discouraged by the world's taunts. The world's opinions, truths, and ways are generally unlike God's.

Jesus ends the beattitudes in such a way that the believer has begun to see that the spiritual path is a difficult one and one that requires a disciple to transform her old way of worldly thinking and to conform to God's idea of blessedness and holiness.

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