FITNESS FOR THE KINGDOM
Matthew 5:10 "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
To be persecuted is to be the recipient of hostility and ill-treatment, especially for race, political or religious beliefs. Our verse of focus addresses persecution for righteousness' sake. As we seek to come into harmony with the will of God, there are persons who will harshly oppose us. It is important to understand and appreciate that as Christians, we will experience trials and tests along our spiritual journey. It is consoling, comforting and reassuring, to know that God stands with us in the adverse situations and brings us out as pure gold.
The narratives of the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, Daniel in the lions' den and Joseph's imprisonment are proofs that God will never leave nor forsake His own.
Being subjected to persecution for righteousness' sake is a part of the character-building process. Through what appears to us as negative situations, God is refining our characters, making us more like Him.
Therefore, our attitude during the adversity; in the midst of the hard times and the difficulties, must be positive, steeled by our unyielding faith.
It is only refined characters that will be fit for eternity with Jesus. May we allow God to do His work in our lives as He prepares us for the Heavenly Canaan.