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.
His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
Matthew 5:1-2For the next nine days we’ll look at Jesus’ greatest training program—the Beatitudes.
Christians were tortured on the rack; scraped with pincers; had molten lead poured on them; had red-hot brass plates fixed to the most tender parts of their bodies; had eyes torn out; had limbs cut off and roasted before their eyes; had hands and feet burned while cold water was poured over other parts to prolong agony.
Most of us have never in our lives made a real sacrifice for Jesus.
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Matthew -12With our hunger and thirst for righteousness comes the promise of persecution for those who take a stand for God.PRAYER: Lord, encourage those today who are experiencing severe persecution for Your name.Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.Not only to the believers in Sardis who should be victorious, but also to those in every age and every land, lies the hope - indeed the promise - of appearing with Christ in white robes expressing holiness and joy in that future day when He shall rule and reign on this earth.If you are a believer in Christ, your name is in the that book which contains the names of those who are to live with Him throughout eternity.To have to suffer persecution is to walk along the same road as the prophets, the saints, and the martyrs.