Jesus said; “Blessed are those who are persecuted…”

Persecution of the Body of Christ…

Persecution of “born again” believing Christians around the world varies from being killed and molested, harassed, stalked, being pursued and driven out of homes and land, to milder forms of disapproval, arguments, put downs, scoffing, and mistreatment in the work place, home, or school. As believers and members of the body of Christ (the Church) around the world we should be ever aware, and in prayer, for our brothers and sisters who face persecution of all sorts. And also for those who are persecuting them because of hatred, or fear, or ignorance of God’s loving truth.

Mathew 5: 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 Jesus warns of persecution for those who are committed to being right with God and are His followers. The reality of living in this world is that when we proclaim and stand for the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ the world will revile and persecute us and speak evil falsely against the truth of Jesus gospel. This is a sign of our acceptance and reward in the Kingdom of Heaven, for which we can truly rejoice and be glad / blessed.

Persecution…Diōkō Pronunciation dē-ō’-kō (Key) Part of Speech verb

Outline of Biblical Usage; 1) to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away 2) to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to run after a) to press on: figuratively of one who in a race runs swiftly to reach the goal    b) to pursue (in a hostile manner) 3) in any way whatever to harass, trouble, molest one a) to persecute  b) to be mistreated, suffer persecution on account of something 4) without the idea of hostility, to run after, follow after: someone

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