Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12)
I have a confession to make. I am not as tough as I thought I was. My feelings do get hurt by rejection, ridicule and being ignored. I’d like to think that I have a pretty tough hide. However, when folks purposely go out of their way to inflict injury, persecution and all manner of evil against me; when they intentionally denigrate my character with malice of forethought and severely impede my ability to support myself and my family, I cannot help but to feel their hatred.
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