For Righteousness Sake.

When we come to the Lord and receive the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we want to believe that we can do no wrong. But this isn’t always the case. God wrote His word for us to follow. The word of God is how we learn what God expects from us. The 10 Commandments aren’t the 10 suggestions. As we walk with God, we learn what to do in this wrong. I have studied the scriptures and felt the power of God flow through me. It feels good. The bible says that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. I have used the word of God on fellow believers. And I have done much damage. I carelessly used the word of God, not thinking of the consequences. Then I had to pray and ask God to forgive and correct my mistakes. But when we use the word of God correctly, it will produce life and that more abundantly. I said all that to make a point. When we use the word of God like it is suppose to be used, it will produce persecution. Jesus said if the world hates me, how much more will they hate you. But this should never stop us from using the word of God. One of the things that Jesus taught in the Beatitudes was being persecuted for righteousness sake. This means that when we preach the word of God to the world, we will be persecuted for it. But Jesus said that we will be blessed because of it. So, persecution for righteousness sake is a normal thing for a Christian. Who would have thought.

Crain Blanchard.

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