God’s Blessing or Mine?

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God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
(Matthew 5:10)

Some people like you because you’re humble and righteous. But if you try to get close to them, they will bite you.
Is this a blessing or a curse?
Sometimes the people closest to you will assign evil motives to your love for them. Sometimes people who don’t know you will call your righteousness evil.
Is this a blessing or a curse?
The day may come too soon when we will die for our faith.
Is this a blessing or a curse?
The key phrase in Matthew 5:10 is God blesses…
If I’m righteous so I can applaud myself, that’s all I get. But if I’m righteous because I’m living a surrendered life to Christ, I have the promise that God will bless me. I don’t know how or when, but God promises to bless me with Kingdom blessings.
Woe to people who bless themselves. They will not be blessed by God.

Phillip Cohen