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Blessed are Ye

Blessed are Ye

Matt. 5:11-12

 

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you” (Matthew 5: 11-12).

 

The world can appear to politely tolerate Christianity. What happens, however, when Christians speak out and declare certain behaviours to be sinful? The façade of politeness disappears. The world reviles, it speaks evil, it persecutes. It will attempt to isolate and to silent the voice that speaks of another person’s “choice” as “sinful.” This persecution is real and it can be painful. Self-pride hates to be mocked, ridiculed or slighted.

 

While persecution is experienced when a person labels a particular sin to be sin, even deeper revilement is received when a person declares that all people are totally depraved sinners and that there is only one way to be saved, i.e., through the perfect vicarious sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Do you see something remarkable in these verses? They do not state, “when men revile you, and persecute you you are to be depressed and become discouraged. No, you are to rejoice! How can you rejoice when people “say all manner of evil against you?” These verses provide the answer:

 

1.   “For my sake” Jesus says. When a person’s vision may be lifted above people, and when by faith, he or she may focus on the Saviour who spoke these words, then this soul may “rejoice, and be exceeding glad.”

2.   “Falsely.” People may speak against us for good reason. Our behaviour may deserve condemnation. But here a person is reviled for Jesus’ sake. Jesus is truth. The Word of God is the infallible truth. Therefore, speaking against “the truth” is speaking falsely, regardless of what people may think.

 

Seek grace to think, speak and live for Jesus’ sake. Such persons may rejoice when the world condemns and mocks them. How did the world treat the prophets and apostles? Above all, how did the world treat the Lord Jesus? Blessed are such persons when they, too, are persecuted for the same reason.

 

Are you persecuted and reviled for the truth? Do people say all manner of evil against you falsely, for the truth’s sake? Blessed are such! Such may rejoice and be exceeding glad, both now and forever.


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