The Persecuted by Nelson Price

Matthew 5:10-12
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JESUS CHRIST, speaking virtually under the shadow of the cross
said, 'If ye were of the world, the world would love its own,
but because ye are not of the world, therefore, the world hateth
you. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."
John 15:20.
In light of this, it seems strange to frequently hear Christians
with whiny voices say, "It isn't easy being a Christian." He
never promised it would be easy - just right and best.
A program as radical and revolutionary as Christ has proposed in
these Beatitudes has to face opposition. The total discipleship
He requires is sure to evoke sharp opposition. The Christian
way is so different at its core that it is sure to incur the
wrath of the world that resents it.
The Beatitudes offer a set of values not embraced by the world.
In these teachings at Mount of Beatitudes University, Jesus
attempts to catch mankind by the shoulders, spin him around, and
set him on a new path.
His truths swoop down and grab up humankind's toy blocks to
rearrange them and teach us how to correctly spell truth.
Old definitions of happiness are exposed to fraud, and new
patterns proposed.
I. P R O M I S E
Yet, of such persons Christ said, "Blessed" = Happy, joyous, to
be congratulated." This beatitude forcefully dramatizes the
fact that the kind of happiness of which Christ spoke was not
dependent on circumstances but character.
Nathaniel Hawthorne: "Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when
pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit

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