Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)
Following Jesus Christ means making a clear, conscious decision to do His will regardless of pressure from others. To persecute means “to drive away” or “put to flight”. The idea is of one being pursued because he or she faith in Christ. The book of Acts tells of many early Christians who were threatened, beaten, imprisoned and killed because they were Christians. To put your life on the line for the Lord regardless of the pressures others put on you to recant and renounce your faith – this is a mark of a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Make the decision today to pay whatever price must be paid to be faithful to Jesus. Do not deny the Lord and He will reward you with blessings from heaven.