Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT)

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

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Strangely, some of the most consistent and vicious attacks in this country can come from people in ones own church or belief system. This very thing happened to Jesus. If it happened to him, it can happen to us. Expect it.

The flip-side is perceived persecution when I am the one actually in the wrong.

“Lord, show me the way. Give me the knowledge of your will, and the power to carry it out!” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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