If you do the things God desires and you do it whole heartedly, you are bound to be disliked by men.
Fanatic, Foolish, Unrealistic, Unreasonable are some of the words generously given to those who do God’s will at all costs.
The beautitudes in Matthew 5 ends with a profound statement in verse 11 & 12. “Blessed are you WHEN people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”. Jesus was the one speaking here. Notice he used the word WHEN, not IF, not SHOULD, he used WHEN.
The word WHEN connotes certainty. It means it’s a sure thing, it must happen, it will happen, it has to happen. It’s beyond a possibility, it’s a fact.
Did you notice the phrase “all kinds of evil”? This phrase implies that persecution is a continuous process of sorts. When they try evil A and you rise above it, then they’ll try evil B and go on like that.
Blessed are you when people… not unbelievers, not believers but people. It means believers and unbelievers which constitute of people would persecute you.
Isn’t it surprising how the good things we were taught as kids now come across as wrong? Take for instance lying; someone in business comes out to say it is foolishness to always say the truth because you won’t make profit. Thank God for the infallible compass called the Bible lest we would have missed it greatly.
Don’t compromise, don’t fret. Hold fast to that which is true. We already know how this journey will be and we’re not going to quit; not now, not ever.