Matthew 5:11-12 (King James)
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.
The original Greek word for revile in this text is, oneidizo (on-i-did’-zo): to defame; i.e. rail at, chide, taunt, reproach, upbraid.
I also looked up a couple words in the Webster’s dictionary…
defame – to attack the good name or reputation of, to slander. To disgrace. To accuse.
rail – to utter bitter complaints or vehement denunciation.
The rest of the word meanings go in the same general direction…mock, censure, find fault…
This is a perfect example of what the Church as a whole faces every day in this world. Our values are constantly under attack. We are persecuted and ridiculed by people, entertainment, and high profile organizations. We are told it is not OK to pray in schools or have the ten commandments displayed publicly. We are mocked on late night television. We are accused of being “narrow minded.”
Everywhere you look the morals in this world are steadily declining. It is a full frontal attack against the children of the Most High God. It is a very powerful and strategic attack by the forces of evil.
Knowing that we have a great reward waiting for us in heaven for the evil we must face in this world is definitely something to look forward to. However, we must not quietly and apathetically sit back while evil takes over the world. We must let our voices be heard and make it a very hard, uphill battle for the demonic worms. We must make a difference for the sake of our children.
Daddy God, thank You for all that You have waiting for me when I come home. Thank You for Your great love. Lord, help me to stand for Truth and Righteousness. Help me to let my voice be heard. Help me to get up and make a difference, instead of letting the devil win without any resistance. Help me to be a BRIGHTLY shining light in this dark world. And help me to teach my children to do the same. Thank You. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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