Friday, March 2, 2012

Blessed are the Persecuted - 2nd Tuesday Of Lent

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

Two guys were waiting by my brothers yellow truck. They pushed him and spat on him, while Im sure he couldve taken them both down, he stood and took their abuse until they got bored. My brothers offence was a small bumper sticker hed gotten to cover one that came on his truck.Jesuswas all that the sticker said.

My brother doesnt talk about that event. He brushed it off his shoulder, forgave the guys and to my knowledge he never looked back. I admire how he continued to witness by turning his cheek and be forgiving so readily. Im sure it was hard. Jesuswords here are a comfort if you are being hurt for living rightly. If youve ever had this experience you know what a comfort they are. Ive met too many Christians who complain of what they call persecution, which is often only resentment theyve earned from the people theyve brow beaten.

your heart; are you righteous when righteousness is unpopular? Do you show off when you do? Have you resented your persecutors instead of forgiving them? Jesus energetically desires to forgive all your sin, invite him to take it from you. God alone can make you righteous, depend on him and he will do it.

Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” –Psalm 32:2

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