"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Blessing #8: the kingdom of heaven belongs to us.
To Release This Blessing: I personally didn't really like this blessing at first, it doesn't sound like much of a blessing....I mean, persecution, who wants that? But it is NOT a blessing to be persecuted because of our right and moral living, but the blessing is the kingdom of heaven. When we stand up for righteousness (right and moral living), persecution is a byproduct of that lifestyle. Release this blessing in your life by living a life of righteousness.
In deciding to follow Jesus, we are made righteous by his sacrifice for our sin on the cross. When we display righteousness, persecution will follow. -It just comes with the territory as heirs to the kingdom of heaven as a child of the King.
This post is originally from 2011 and I've re-vamped it from it's original post. To view the 2011 version click here.