Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones….
Sticks and stones May break my bones But words will never hurt me.
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
James Matthew Barrie
Matthew 5: 3-12 KJV
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Isn’t it amazing that in essence, this beatitude is the same in many ways as the one I wrote about yesterday? Bullying is bullying is bullying, regardless of the reason and I think that is why Christ’s focus remains so fixed on this idea of persecution. Everywhere we look, bullying rears its ugly head. Now what I must wonder is just why it is that we, who often recognize its very existence, are content to allow it to continue, rather that speak up? Man continues to remain comfortable with complacency, often holding his tongue even when he understands that the seriousness of the message he has the capacity to share with the world, might be life altering for just one other!
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Yesterday’s blog talked about the bullying one of faith is apt to be subjected to because those with true faith are so very likely to feel such holy spirit driven joy and happiness of the heart that they can’t help but want to share that happiness with those around them. Today’s message tells us that we who know and hold God in our hearts can expect that some others may be vocal in their opposition to those things we hold so dear but that we have the rightness of our convictions to give us the armor cladding we need to withstand their barbs and attacks! And it is only when we choose to sit idly by and not act when we witness persecution, that nothing changes for anyone! Every verbal interaction and conversation we share with others, presents the potential to become a learning experience…..for all. Never forget that making a difference in the life of another has the potential to make a profound difference in our own! Change just one mind …… change the entire world! Just remember to don that suit of armor Christ has given to those of us who accept and believe!
But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
1 Peter 3:16
New Living Translation
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