“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:10
It’s sad we live in a world where some people would take up arms to kill others for no just cause. It’s more horrific when some of these killings are done to our brothers and sisters in the faith.
When such an event occurs, the scripture makes us aware of the fact that this is persecution. All for what? To the end that the gospel might be hindered?
Well, we know and are convinced that the gospel cannot be hindered or restricted.
The persecution of the saints isn’t a side talk. Take few minutes today to read through the texts that talk about persecution and you will realize that this is no side talk!
Paul says in Philippians 1:29: “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”
People who haven’t studied their bibles carefully might be tempted to think that Christians who were killed for their faith were somehow not in the will of God. This is far from the truth.
Jesus spoke clearly about this saying:
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” -John 15:19
If you ever get confronted for preaching the gospel, no matter how small or big the confrontation is, the Lord calls you blessed.
The same goes for our brothers and sisters facing persecuted.
Recognize how privileged you are to share His message in a hostile world. Do not relent!
Stay resolute! Declare like Paul the Apostle:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:35-38)