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Is That Fair?
Is That Fair?

Scripture, Matthew 5:1-16
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:10)

Peter, ever the businessman, asked our Lord one day about the "bottom line": "We have left all and followed Thee. What shall we have, therefore?" To which Christ replied, "There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake, and the Gospel's, but that he shall receive an hundredfold no in this time . . . with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life" (Mark 10:29). Blessings-with persecutions: that's the divine combination.

During a visit to Colombia, South America, I spoke with an old man who for years had been a leader in the local church. "How are things going?" I asked. "well enough," he replied, "but not as well as when we were under persecution. In those days, the persecution drove us to our knees, and as we prayed together, the church prospered and believers grew spiritually. Now we have it too easy, I am afraid, and the people forget to pray."

Certainly, persecution is impossible to bear with human strength alone. And we would never ask for it. But though you and I do not like trouble, opposition, or loss because of our Christian testimony, we can be sure that the blessing of God attends us through it all. Jesus said so!

Small thought here
The next time you are under the pressure of a difficult situation, try looking to your Saviour and saying, "Lord Jesus, I don't like this, but I am going to go through it for Thy glory. Help me learn what I should and give me the blessing You promised!"