(Mat 5:10) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Those who are happy in Christ can find themselves abused, tormented, and ignored by those who oppose the cause of Christ. How can it be that we can find happiness in being mistreated for our Lord? Persecution is evidence that we are one of Christ’s. It shows that we are willing to put Jesus ahead of ourselves, our comfort and our well-being. It exposes the King of Kings as the ruler of our hearts and actions. Our membership in His Kingdom is proved by His reigning in our lives.
When He reigns in us, we can rest assured He is our King. We are a part of His kingdom now and will enjoy being a part of His perfect Kingdom in eternity future. This is the source of a Christian’s joy in the midst of persecution for His name’s sake.
This is one mark of a person who has been blessed by God and is living a happy life in Him. Does today’s verse describe your life? Do you have lasting peace and happiness in Christ? If not, trust in Christ and follow Him. He makes us a promise “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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