Words from the Heart for Friday March 12th, 2021
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. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.
Matthew 5:11-12a (NLT)
Because You Follow Jesus
For a country of only 38 million people, Canada seems to punch above its weight when it comes to impact on the world. Many people around the world follow what happens in Canada, appreciating much about our country. It is one of the reasons why, in spite of our long cold winters, we remain at the top of the list of countries people want to move to. As a new immigrant once said “when I’m in Canada I feel this is what the world should be like.”
Why is it that the world has always hated genuine followers of Jesus? We see it today in so many places around the world. Bible League Canada provides Bibles and training for persecuted believers around the world, and we hear their stories on a daily basis. Amazingly, they never cry out to be delivered from the persecution. They ask us to pray that the Lord will keep them strong through unimaginable trials. They cling to the promises that Jesus gave, like in Matthew 5:11-12a: “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. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.” What a great promise for those who are facing anger, hatred and violence simply because they love the Prince of Peace. Just as Jesus promised would happen, they have experienced being mocked, and lied about, having all sorts of evil said about them. When that happens, they keep their focus on Jesus and the great reward that awaits. Pray for them to stand strong.
These have been words from the heart.