For Righteousness’ Sake

By Greg Laurie

  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The great preacher John Wesley was riding along on his horse one day when he realized that three days had passed, and he had not been persecuted in any way. Not a single brick had been thrown in his direction. He had not been hit by an egg. So he actually stopped his horse and said out loud, “Could it be that I am backslidden or I have sinned?” Slipping down from his horse, he knelt on one knee and asked the Lord to show him if there was anything wrong with him spiritually.

A man who disliked Wesley saw him kneeling in prayer, so he picked up a brick and threw it at him, barely missing the preacher. When Wesley saw the brick fly by, he said, “Thank you, Lord! I know I still have Your presence.”

No wonder he was such a powerful preacher.

Your very presence and belief in God bothers some people. Sometimes you don’t even have to say anything. You are like a bright light, shining in a dark place. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18). You will be treated the same way Jesus was.

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). Sometimes persecution can show itself in a brick coming our way or in physical harm, even death. At other times, it can show itself in mockery or rejection or losing a job or friends. But if you are living a godly life, then you will face persecution.

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5 replies

  1. Amen bro, thank you. Lets watch for bricks, love it!

  2. Thank you for helping us to keep the right perspective in our walk! God bless you!

  3. This reminds me of something a friend said when I was a new Christian, many years ago. I was surprised when a friend said “The devil hasn’t been bothering me lately. I need to spend time with God to make sure there is nothing blocking our fellowship”

    I also think of the words of a song by Steve Camp about 30 years ago, based on Acts 19:13-20 where the sons of Sceva tried to duplicate the miracles performed by Paul in the name of Jesus and the demon replied “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” . . .

    “What would the devil say about YOUR life?
    Do they know you in hell like they know your Christ?”

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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