“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner
of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your
reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”
that we will be filled with great joy when we are willing to do the works that Jesus
commanded us to do in healing the sick, preaching the good news of God’s kingdom, and teaching others how to do the same, even though people might not like what we are doing. To stop our good works from reaching out into the world, some people might say mean
and untrue things about us, or try to harm us in some way. But, we should know that Jesus, his pupils, and the wise old prophets we read about in the Old Testament of the Bible, were also persecuted by those who hated Truth. So, when we try to teach and heal others, as Jesus wanted us to do, we come to see that we are part of the family of God’s children in the kingdom of heaven. For that reason, we should “rejoice, and be exceeding glad”!
Although the other Beatitudes promise rewards that come to us right away, this one
promises a “reward in heaven.” We don’t really know exactly what that reward is, but we
are told it is “great.” Sometimes we have to be patient to receive the blessings that are
sure to come to those who live a pure, Christian life on earth, and have been brave Christian
soldiers in the fight against evil. If you have been persecuted or treated badly for using prayer to heal the sick, or teaching others about God, go ahead and be happy anyway: your reward to come is GREAT!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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