Matthew 5:11-12 NIVUK
11 ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Living as a faithful follower of God isn’t always easy. There will be those who react against us – just as the prophets found out and Jesus was to. But just as God SEES and has compassion on the crowds, so he SEES and has compassion on us when we go through tough times because of our faithfulness. Don’t give up – you have the love and approval of the only one whose option really counts.
Spirit, help me to be courageous in my faith as I follow Jesus.