Persecutecd for Righteousness

THURSDAY

 

NAU Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

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

 

KJV Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

According to Paul, persecution should be a way of life for the Christian. Just read:

 

NAU 2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

 

NIV 2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

 

KJV 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 

We in North America cannot relate to this teaching of Jesus very well. Most of the time it is because we fail to live our Christianity (i.e. proclaiming our faith in appropriate circumstances, or shunning behavior undignified as a follower of Christ.)

 

I know some friends who experience this verse…but I have to go to Belarus and Russia to see this verse come alive. Godly behaving believers being threatened with persecution for proclaiming the Gospel. Let us not only pray for the perseverance of those Christians being persecuted around the world but that we will live appropriately to attract persecution. After all, the reward is heaven!

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1 Response to “Persecutecd for Righteousness”


  1. 1 Dad October 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    We continue to pray that the brave Christians in Belarus and Russia will be able to touch the hearts of those in government leadership posts so that the Lord will be let in and allow Christ to lead their spirits and actions.


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