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Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted for Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Righteousness “Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for heaven is theirs.”
righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Matthew 5:3
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and
falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad The word translated “blessed” in these verses (5:3-10) means “happy” or “joyful.” Verses
and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is 3-10 of Matthew 5 are referred to as “the Beatitudes,” but they have also been called “the
attitudes to be” for the Christian. That is a good way to look at these verses, especially
how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” when on a mission trip. What would God have you look like before others, in addition to
being salt and light? What should your attitude be as a servant of God?
Matthew 5:10-12
Verse 3 talks about being poor. When we think of poverty, we think of something very
Should we be surprised when we face persecution, when people insult us for sharing negative. Having no money, no shelter, no food, or none of the basic necessities of life is
Christ, when people refuse to talk to us, or when others are openly antagonistic toward us. negative. It is poverty—as we know it. (You may be ministering to people living in real
No. Jesus said we should expect as much in these verses. Peter, someone who knew poverty right now.) Should you be happy to be in physical poverty? Is that what Jesus
something about being persecuted as a follower of Christ, said that we should not be meant? No.
surprised when persecution comes (1 Pet. 4:12).
To be “poor in spirit” is a realization that, apart from Jesus Christ, you are spiritually
Does that mean we should look forward to, seek out, or enjoy persecution. No. But it also destitute, spiritually bankrupt, and in spiritual poverty (we are all in this condition). It is a
doesn't mean that we should shrink back or tremble in fear in the anticipation of realization that you can do nothing on your own to become righteous. It is acknowledging
persecution. God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7). that you need a source of salvation outside of yourself. In John 1:12-13, Jesus said that by
believing in Him we become children of God and heirs of His kingdom (Rom. 10:16-17).
When you boil it all down, as unpleasant as persecution, evil looks, and insults are to you
personally, just look at the payoff—the kingdom of heaven both here and for all eternity. We only experience true happiness—true blessedness—when we realize that we are in
Also consider that when you are persecuted, you are in good company—the company of all spiritual poverty without Christ.
the others Christians that have been persecuted for the name of Christ.

Thought for the Day: Thought for the Day:

Persecution is not a sign of defeat, it is sign that you are doing the Only Jesus can provide salvation and the kingdom of heaven.
right things.
Application Questions:
Application Questions: Do you recognize your own spiritual bankruptcy and your need for
Did you experience any persecution or insults as you served this God?

How do you feel about others living in spiritual poverty?

Why is it reasonable to expect persecution for living out your faith?

What is the hardest part of dealing with persecution?

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