Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted

Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV)

In Matthew 5:10-12, Jesus concludes the Beatitudes by plainly stating that those who seek righteousness will be reviled, attacked, and falsely accused. When we openly love and follow Christ, and when we affirm that Christ is the one way to the Father, the world will oppose us.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)