RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
PERSECUTED FOR YOUR FAITH
11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
5:11-12 Jesus said to rejoice when we’re persecuted for our faith. Persecution can be good because (1) it takes our eyes off earthly rewards, (2) it strips away superficial belief, (3) it strengthens the faith of those who endure, and (4) our attitude through it serves as an example to others who follow. We can be comforted knowing that God’s greatest prophets were persecuted (Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel). The fact that we are being persecuted proves that we have been faithful; faithless people would be unnoticed. In the future God will reward the faithful by receiving them into his eternal kingdom, where there is no more persecution. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and KNOW that we will be persecuted for our faith. Just as we see starting to happen more and more everyday. From abortion to making Christians do things against our religious beliefs. So sadly we best be ready to be PERSECUTED FOR OUR FAITH.