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.
Question: Why should we rejoice and be glad over persecution?
Answer: Have you ever watched a dog getting a needed bath? Some dogs act as if they are going through the pains of persecution! But, you know it is for their own good. When the cleansing is over, they will have healthier skin, a shiny coat, and look (and smell!) a lot better.
Going through times of persecution may seem like unjust punishment for the good we may have done. But, these periods of persecution can purify us, and lift our demonstrations of Truth higher.
“The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph
over sin and death.” (S&H 243)
“Christianity is not superfluous. Its redemptive power is seen in sore trials, self-denials, and crucifixions of the flesh. But these come to the rescue of mortals, to admonish them, and plant
the feet steadfastly in Christ.” (Mis. 107)
“When we have overcome sin in all its forms, men may revile us and despitefully use us, and we shall rejoice, ‘for great is [our] reward in heaven.’” (My. 6)
“When a false sense suffers, the true sense comes out.” (Mis. 276)
Further Study: In the Bible, or a Bible storybook, read about the life of Paul, who rejoiced in the face of persecution.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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