This noon as I perused the news, I came across several articles where Christians are being persecuted—physically, economically, and verbally—in all parts of the world including the United States. And it’s predicted to get worse. A choice must be made: One can either give up the faith, give in to fear, or give oneself over in trust and loyalty to Christ no matter what.
Then it was time for my husband and I to do our daily Greek review. As we had stopped yesterday in the middle of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, here is what “just happened” to be next:
Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of.
The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven!
(Matthew 5:10-12a, God’s Word translation)
May God give me and all His children commitment and courage to hang in there, endure suffering, and receive the blessing and reward that await at the end of the course.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!