Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Question: Why must we suffer persecution; is there anything good about it?
Answer: Those who have gone through experiences of persecution have spoken of the lessons learned, and the gain of a new and higher sense of God’s love. Mary Baker Eddy,
for instance, writes of herself:
“All that I have written, taught, or lived, that is good, flowed through cross-bearing, self-
forgetfulness, and my faith in the right. Suffering or Science, or both, in the proportion that
their instructions are assimilated, will point the way, shorten the process, and consummate
the joys of acquiescence in the methods of divine Love.” (Mis. 213)
She also writes on persecution:
“Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a new step in Christianity; but the
spiritual recompense of the persecuted is assured in the elevation of existence above mortal
discord and in the gift of divine Love.” (S&H 97)
“Obey Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, even if you suffer for it in the first instance, — are misjudged and maligned; in the second, you will reign with him.” (Mis. 93)
“The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.” (S&H 374)
We can rejoice that angels are with us during times of persecution. They help to lift us up above the false senses.
Practice: Start watching for angel thoughts today. They are our friends!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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