God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
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. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
Lord, I am so often surprised when people do not understand me or misinterpret my motives. It is hard for me to overlook the hostility of others and to see this as a natural consequence of following you. Help me to put my focus on you when I am unjustly persecuted because I follow you.