Persecution: Rewarded for Our Attitude

Text: Matthew 5:11,12 – In this text, Jesus expands on the last Beatitude reminding us that Christians will always face opposition if they are living the Godly character he defines in the Beatitudes. While persecution is not pleasant, Jesus calls his followers to rejoice in it because it we are sharing in the same suffering and opposition he faced, and the prophets of the Old Testament also faced. Faithfulness to God will always be at odds with he world. But we rejoice because a reward awaits us in heaven.