Matthew 5:11 ” Blessed are you when people persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”

Jesus stated it many times…”If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:20) And if you are a Believer, you know that the life you have here on earth can’t begin to compare to the one promised in heaven. But many Christians want it both ways. They want God to promise them their best life now, plus a glorious after-life. But that’s not what Jesus taught, and not what His disciple, Peter wrote in I Peter 4:12-19 when he was encouraging fellow Christians to endure the persecution that was prevalent and to prepare them for even more difficult times ahead. As Christians, we are not of this world, and to think we deserve a easy go of it here on earth while Jesus suffered unspeakable trauma goes against all His teachings. Or as James put it into perspective…”Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?”

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