Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Question: How should we respond to people who are persecuting us?
Answer: Jesus told us how: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5)
As followers of Christ Jesus, and students of Christian Science, we must be ready to love those who persecute us for any reason. It is not easy, but we must learn to do it sooner or later.
“To mete out human justice to those who persecute and despitefully use one, is not leaving all
retribution to God and returning blessing for cursing. If special opportunity for doing good to
one’s enemies occur not, one can include them in his general effort to benefit the race.” (Mis. 11)
“Be patient towards persecution . . . Persecution is the weakness of tyrants engendered by their fear, and love will cast it out.” (My. 191)
“If you have been badly wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you.” (Mis. 12)
“At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will
supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human
hatred cannot reach you.” (S&H 571)
Practice: Today, clad yourself in Love!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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