Words from the Heart for Thursday March 11th, 2021
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Matthew 5:10 (NLT)
Canada has a clear definition of who can apply for refugee status. Convention refugees are outside their home country or the country they normally live in. They’re not able to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality or being part of a social group. A person in need of protection is a person in Canada who can’t return to their home country safely. This is because, if they return, they may face danger of torture, risk to their life, risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
I’m going to share with a staggering statistic. This year, 340 million Christians are going to persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. That is one in every 14 Jesus followers in the world. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to get my head around that figure. Never before in the history of the world has the Church of Jesus Christ been growing more rapidly – and never before have more believers been persecuted and martyred for their faith. To them, Jesus gave a precious promise. In Matthew 5:10 he says: “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Jesus knew that persecution would come. How could His followers expect anything less than how He was treated? Those of us who are free to practice our faith are the exception throughout history and in our world today. But there is only one family of God, and when others suffer for following Jesus we all suffer. We are called in Hebrews 13 to remember those in chains. Take time today to pray for, and support, your persecuted brothers and sisters.
These have been words from the heart.