“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. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.” —Matthew 5:11–12 NLT
How was Jesus known when He walked this earth?
He was known as “the friend of sinners.” We might think that sounds like a compliment now, but it wasn’t meant as a compliment then.
Some members of the Jewish leadership establishment were appalled that Jesus would hang out with sinners.
No, He never compromised—this was our holy God in the flesh. But He loved these outcasts, this off-scouring of society, and they knew that He loved them. They were drawn by that love just like moths are drawn to a Coleman lantern in the middle of the wilderness.
We need to love people in the same way. Since we’re going to be persecuted, let’s be persecuted for the right reasons. Not for being self-righteous but for being righteous.
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” —2 Corinthians 5:8 NKJVThe Adventures of Fuzzie the Rabbit
“Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually.”
—Psalm 119:117 NKJVMortimer Mouse?
“‘As for Mephibosheth,’ said the king, ‘he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.’”
—2 Samuel 9:11 NKJV
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