Blessed are Those Who Are Persecuted

What hill are you ready to die on?


Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this verse comes right after Blessed are the Peacemakers. Jesus is trying to tell us something, these two things are related. NowJesus doesn’t say all peacemakers will be persecuted or that only peacemakers will be persecuted. But certainly there is a correlation.

Jesus chooses the word persecuted which means ongoing and continual pressure from all sides. Jesus came into the world Full of Grace and Full of Truth. Not a grace and truth, not 50/50, he came with 100% grace and 100% truth. And that got him in a lot of trouble. When we hold onto grace and truth we will get hit. And it’s in these moments God is calling us to be a peacemaker.

So in your life when you received peace…

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Morning Direction From Scripture 7-27-16


The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. Psalm 18:20-24

Where is our righteousness from? What does that mean in light of these verses?