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FEBRUARY 11

 

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—

Matt. 5:11,12.

 

Opposition and persecution are the inevitable concomitants of activity in the service of God, and they should be met with reason and candor; and when these fail of their purpose, then, with solemn warnings of the dangers of such a course, the wilful opposer should be left to pursue his own course while we turn to others with the message of salvation. In the opposition which our Lord incurred and the manner in which He met it, there are valuable lessons for all who are similarly tried.

 

 

Parallel passages: Matt. 5:10, 44; 10: 16, 17,21-23,28; 23: 34, 35; 24: 8-10; Mark 13: 9-13; Luke 6:22, 23; 21:12-19; John 15: 18, 19; 16:1, 2; Acts 5:29, 40-42; 1. Cor. 4:9-13; 2. Cor. 4:8-12; 6:4, 5, 8-10; 11:23-27; 12:10; Phil. 1:12-14; Heb. 11:25-27, 33-38; 1. Pet. 4:12-19; Rev. 2:3, 10.