Week 33 Day 2
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Bookends? I find it compelling that the “inheritance” here is the same as the “inheritance” listed in verse three of the same chapter. It is first to be noted that the “poor in spirit” are generally considered to be those who know indeed their great need for a Savior. About persecution, perhaps nothing in this world is so heinous as singling someone out and attacking them for realizing the truth of their fallen state. The proud, the profligate, the dead in their sins crowd gleefully take potshots at those who seek for the forgiveness of a loving God.
Persecution happens at different levels of intensity. The general atmosphere in Western culture has long cultivated an intellectual sort of persecution by putting forth a pre-dominating train of thought that God does not exist, and that the deluded followers of Jesus Christ are at one and the same time stupid, cruel, and destructive to the goals of an egalitarian society.
The other end of that spectrum is the sort of persecution that is seen around the world where more Christians are martyred in a given year than in all the years of the Roman empire.
To inherit the kingdom of Heaven is perhaps the most blessed of blessings. To overcome persecution with love, even a love that shames the persecutor is the greatest victory.