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Blessed are the persecuted

“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:10-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Persecuted-drive away, run after, press on, in anyway whatsoever to harass, trouble, to be mistreated, on the account of something 

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The persecuted are blessed for doing right.

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“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Being who you ought to be, condition that is acceptable to God, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting 

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Makarios-When a person is blessed by God, he is approved by God. 

The opposite is “woe” not approved and submit to judgement 

The spirit of God rest on the persecuted 

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“If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the persecuted 

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the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. V10

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It belongs to the righteous alone.

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The persecuted will be mocked, lied on, have evil spoken of them.

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Mock-reproach (disapproval,disappointed )

Upbraid-(find fault)

Revile-(verbal abuse-forcefully critically, insult, denounce 

Lie-to speak deliberate falsehood, to deceive 

-Jesus lets us know the this persecution can and will either be physical,verbal,violet

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The persecuted must pray for those who persecute them 

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“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:44‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The persecuted will suffer for the Godly life.

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“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Digest?

How have you been persecuted?

Whom do you need to pray for that has persecuted you?

Have you been the persecutor and need to seek repentance ?

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Chew: 

Living a Godly life leads to persecution.

 

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