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“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Matthew 5:10 NLT
1. What is persecution?
Aggressive and injurious behavior carried out in a hostile spirit, normally by a group, but also by one individual toward another.
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
2 Timothy 3:12 NASB
2. In the Beatitude, who are those that are blessed?
3. Why are those who ‘do what is right’ persecuted?
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 NLT
4. How should followers of Jesus respond to persecution?
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Matthew 5:12 NASB