Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me.
Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
–Jesus (Matthew 5: 10-12 HCSB)
Father in Heaven,
This beatitude is difficult to understand,
but Jesus never asked anything of his followers that he didn’t do first.
Thank you for His example to get through the difficult times of life, even times that seem impossible.
Help those who are suffering to feel your peace, your comfort, and to radiate your joy in the darkest of places.
who knows what suffering is like, forgave those who persecuted him, and welcomed many of those very ones into his kingdom in the years after his death and resurrection.