When People Insult You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 209 - Matthew 5:11-12 - When People Insult You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 209 – Matthew 5:11-12 – When People Insult You – Growing As Disciples

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

Rejoice And Be Glad

That hardly seems like something to rejoice about. What’s that? Am I really supposed to rejoice and be glad because people insult or persecute or say and do all kinds of evil against me because I am one of your followers? You are missing the point. What is the point? You are one of my followers. You will be insulted, persecuted and have evil said and done to you because you are one of my followers. That part I do understand. That part will not take me by surprise when it happens. But the point is that your mistreatment will only serve to remind you of a few things. What things? First, that you are one of my followers. We have already discussed that. Secondly, that you are experiencing what I also experienced. I was insulted and persecuted. I had all manner of evil said and done against me. I suffered as I went and did what my Father in heaven asked of me. You will suffer as you go and do what I ask of you. Does that encourage you? Does that lift you up? Does that spur you on? Can you have joy in knowing that you are living the life I lived, by following my example? Yes, I can. Yes, I do. Yes, I am. That is very good. But there is more. What else is there? This life is not all there is. I will tell you that. I get that. When you experience insults and persecution and evil on my behalf you will only be reminded that you have a better life awaiting you. You have heaven to look forward to. You have heavenly rewards awaiting you. You have all eternity with me before you. Remembering heaven and looking forward to the eternal life you have in me should cause you to rejoice and be glad no matter how much pain and suffering and rejection you go through in this life. Yes, in knowing that, I can and will rejoice and be glad. In knowing that, I will be filled with peace and joy and hope as I go through every difficult trial in life. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will continually remember that all eternity and heavenly rewards await me when I come to live forever with you. That is true. That is every good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, my heart and mind and life are focused on you. I am relying on you to strengthen and protect me against evil in this world. I will rejoice and be glad even as evil is done against me, on your behalf, because I know that my future in heaven with you is secure. Amen

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Glad

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Matthew 5:11-12 - Glad - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Matthew 5:11-12 – Glad – Growing As Disciples

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

Persecution

Don’t be surprised. The world hated me. The world will hate you. The world insulted me. The world will insult you. The world persecuted me. The world will persecute you. The world spoke every evil against me. The world will speak every evil against you. You are in good company with me. You are in good company with my followers that have gone before you. You have been given the privilege to believe in me. You have also been given the privilege to suffer for me. Everyone who desires to live a Godly life will be persecuted. I’m telling you this now so that you will not fall away from me. You will not become discouraged. You will not give up. You will not quit. You will be encouraged. You will be strengthened. You will be lifted-up. You will keep on loving, following and serving me. You will shine brightly for me as a witness in the world. Yes, I will, with all your help. 

What will you do? How will you respond when times of hate, insult and persecution come against you? I will remember your words of warning to me. I will remember the kind of life you lived. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. You will be my strength. You will be my encouragement. You will be my support. I will live like you lived. I will do what you did. What did I do? How did I live? You kept on loving others even when they hated, insulted and persecuted you. You did not harbor hate. You did not seek revenge. You did not pay back evil with evil. You kept on doing your Father’s will. You drew near to your Father as He drew near to you. He sustained you. He helped you. You relied on Him. That is what I will do. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I know that you will bring me through every difficulty in life. You will be with me to help me. I will rely on you completely Yes, I will be with you to help you. Yes, I will bring you through every difficulty in life. Yes, you can and will rely on me every step of your way through life. You will be my witness. Your life will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name.

Lord, I know I am in good company with you and your followers when I am insulted, persecuted and falsely spoken of, because of my faith in you. I will be glad because I know that a great reward awaits me in heaven. Help me now to be your witness in the world. Amen

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