Blessed are those who are persecuted,because of righteousness,for theirs is
the Kingdom of Heaven.[Matthew 5v10]Dr.M.L.Jones writes,/This is what is going to happen,because you are a Christian,says Christ/ Being righteous
is going to make you different,and of course we are different,in a world
obsessed with so many things,be it sex,money,pleasure,violence and idolatry,the Christian marches to the beat of another drum.Marching to that
drum beat means as far as the world see's ,you are out of step,you are the odd fellow.Daniel got into serious trouble for praying,Shadrach,Meshach and Abednego,got into serious trouble because they would not bow to a false god.Things have not changed,nor will they,in fact we are told,that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
[2 Timothy 3 v12] ,Remember what our Saviour said,/In the world you will
have tribulation[John 16 v33]/,but then He goes onto say,/But take heart,I
have overcome the world/.It is W. Barclay who comments on these words,/
They were going to see that the world could do its worst to Jesus and still not defeat Him.They were going to see the world doing its worst when it crucified Him; they were going to see His invincibility when he rose again.
And He says;'' The victory which I will win can be your victory too.The world did its worst to Me,and I emerged victorious.Life can do its worst to you,and you too can emerge victorious.You too can possess the courage and the conquest of the cross./
To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.To the only God our Saviour be glory,majesty,power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord,before all ages,now and forevermore . Amen.