05
Feb
09

Persecuted for Righteousness?

I received this today from one of my seminary professors and thought it was packed with wisdom and practical application. I especially love the Boice quote!
Randy

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Before we think about what this verse means lets think about what it doesn’t mean. There is no promise of blessing for being religiously obnoxious or seeking to be praised and persecuted for external religious convictions. (it is not a promise of self-congratulations for your self-perceived super spirituality) R.T.

J.M. Boice writes:
This means that there is no promise of happiness for those who are persecuted for being a nuisance, for Christians who have shown themselves to be objectionable, difficult, foolish, and insulting to their non-Christian friends.”

What does it mean to be persecuted for righteousness?
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

Plain and simple it means we will be persecuted for being like Jesus. Jesus came into the world to reveal the Father and expose darkness and he was hated for it. The human heart hates to have its inner realities exposed. If Christ is revealed in your character you will come to know persecution and some times it will even come from those within the “church.”
Professor Bill

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