A Badge of Honor (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 194)
Matthew 5:10 (NLT)
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
To be punished and to be persecuted are two different things. Justified punishment may induce a temporary reward. But persecution will result in a heavenly reward. Punishment is doled out by good people to reverse evil behavior. Persecution is given by evil people to get good people on their side.
When you are justifiably punished, you should heed that and reverse course. However, when you are persecuted for what you believe, you should consider it a high prize to be identified with Christ. Wear it as a badge of honor. Our faith is not fluid; it doesn’t change with the circumstances. We don’t only pull it out when it’s comfortable; we hold on to it even when it hurts.
When you are judged or harassed because of your faith, don’t get discouraged. Jesus was persecuted and being mistreated because of what we believe is a requirement for following in his footsteps. God permits the world to condemn his children so that we won’t fall in love with it but with Him. When God is for you, it doesn’t matter who is against you.
“And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.”
— William Gurnall