Sunday, June 14, 2020

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted because of Righteousness

Matthew 5:1-12

  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (verse 10) 
  • "Because of righteousness" means "for the sake of God."
  • The apostle Paul, for example,  was persecuted severely, but he kept following the Lord, spreading the Good News, which was made possible because he trusted in the Lord and prayed to Him all the time.
  • Paul, being fully aware of his weaknesses, was fully dependent on God.
  • "The kingdom of heaven," that is, the heart in which God reigns, is already ours.

--summary of the sermon by the Rev. O*

the hydrangea I saw this morning while taking a walk
(My favorite color of hydrangeas is blue.)

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