Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blessed are they who are persecuted.

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:10)

Jesus said many times that those who follow Him will be persecuted. "If they persecute me, they will persecute you" (John 15:20-21). Stephen, Peter and Paul, nearly all of the Apostles, and many Christians in the Roman era suffered martyrdom. The twentieth century with its two World Wars and endless regional conflicts has seen its share of martyrs such as Maximilian Kolbe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the Central American martyrs. But Jesus promised those that suffer for his sake will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven!

Peace and love,


"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. " (1 John 4:9-10)

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