Scripture

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew 5:11-12

Thought

What a beautiful coronation of the contradictions of that heavenly beatitudes! This last one blesses who are affected in His name. HE addresses them in the second person-form; “you”. As if suffering for His name is a sure way to speak to the Lord face to face. To be reviled and insulted bear in it a kind of humiliation and shame. This case proves the very contrary. Iniquity turns into favor and injustice into honor, over which we shall rejoice and be glad!

Dear brother, dear sister
Were you ever discriminated or mocked up for being one of His disciples? How do you feel about it in the light of today’s verses? How near was the Lord to you then?
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.

Prayer

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet2 I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Psalm 27:1-8