In the devotional titled, Stand a Little Taller – counsel and inspiration for each day of the year, we read the following scripture and thought:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and
persecute you, and shall say all manner of
evil against you falsely, for my sake
~ Matthew 5:11 ~
Draw comfort from the words of the Master when we as a church are spoken of by those whose lives are torn with hate. They lash out at one thing and another. they manufacture and spread vile falsehoods behind which there is not a shred of truth. There is nothing new about this. But we shall go forward, returning good for evil, being helpful and kind and generous.
Reading in the news, information quickly accessible via social media, and other such venues shows that our society appears to grew more and more depraved. The principle truths of Christian living and Christian faith has become a misnomer in our culture. The more we see the desecration of moral values and ideas, the more we cringe at the thought of how best are we capable of living out an authentic Christian life? The teaching is quite clear, we ought not to return evil with evil. Instead, we continue to do good unto those who persecute us, revile our faith and seek to oppress the simple message of the Cross. Here, Christ is sharing that it is not because of us, or anything we have done. It is because of whom we represent in our lives – for it is against Christ that the revilers come against and persecute. For us, we continue to show the love and compassion of Jesus Christ unto those who are hungering and thirsting after something more.