Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:10 (NIV))
We are all ridiculed and persecuted about something. For some, they are forever taunted and tormented because they don’t have the latest clothes and gadgets. Others are tormented by people in society because they speak differently than those around them. Some are persecuted because of their skin color. People are picked on because they are too tall or because they are too short. Unfortunately, people are mocked and persecuted for any number of things that are beyond their control.
With all of the mindless persecution in the world, why would anybody deliberately choose to do something that would attract even more persecution?
Righteousness is a choice. It is a choice of faith. When we choose to follow the things that are of God, we have made a choice to turn our backs upon the world and to embrace the things that the world rejects. If we choose to reject the world, then we literally are deciding to open ourselves up to persecution, for people persecute those who are against themselves.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
(James 4:4 (NIV))
If we are to be persecuted, then we must decide our cause for which we will face persecution. Righteousness and faith are a choice. We can face temporary persecution from people for having the faith to accept God’s grace and mercy, or we can face eternal persecution because we rejected God’s grace and mercy. It is a matter of perspective.
Are you willing to face persecution for your faith?