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Take Up Your Cross
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
This is the last beatitude. What does it mean to you, and why should we rejoice when persecuted?
A good example of this, is found in Genesis 39. Joseph was falsely accused of trying to force himself sexually on the wife of his master, and was put in prison. Later through a series of events, he became 2nd in command to the kingdom of Egypt.
It is so easy to find ourselves getting angry when we are falsely accused of anything, especially when we know we are doing what is right. Life seems so unfair sometimes. However, God sees us. He has our back. If he rewards us for our evil deeds, how much more wouldn’t he reward us for doing well?
What I noticed in verse twelve is that we will be rewarded in heaven. It makes me think of another scripture in the sermon on the mount.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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