Beatitudes - Blessed are the Persecuted
Throughout the history of Christianity, persecution has been the experience of Christ followers. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus taught His disciples: 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. Matthew 5:10–12
Everyone who believes in Jesus, lives like Him, and lives for Him will be persecuted in some way. Rather than fear persecution, Jesus teaches His followers to prepare for it, persevere through it, and praise God while enduring it as they live for the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.