Jesus’ final Beatitude, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”, is the most difficult to accept. For none of us desire to be persecuted, or insulted, or slandered; if we did, I would question our mental health! But for me the key to understanding this Beatitude is the qualifying phrase “because of righteousness.” To do what is right, and just, and good is blessed even if it brings persecution and suffering upon us. Better that than to do what is wrong, unjust or evil. Jesus models the way of faithful integrity for us. May we follow in his Way.
To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message from Sunday, October 12, 2017 click on “Blessed When Persecuted”