Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
If some of the first levels of our Rock foundation surprised you, then this one might shock you! The Amplified Bible reads this way….
“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.”
Really? It does not sound like a blessing or life joy and something to be envied over! But, God only speaks truth!
Persecution comes on many levels from ridicule to martyrdom. Globally, Christians are the largest people group suffering persecution and martyrdom. Currently in America, true followers of Yeshua Jesus are persecuted on another level more like ridicule. Know that it is going to get much worse.
If you are not being persecuted in this world by worldly people, then it may be that you are fitting in too well. Meditate on that.