Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The persecution for righteousness sake that most of us have to learn to endure might seem to most as simply the irritations of life.
How can that be persecution for righteousness sake?
In those little irritations, I can learn to be patient. In those little irritations, I can learn to answer kindly.
If you truly desire to be a disciple of Jesus, this is a desire you have received from God, and God will be your help and guide in this process. Truly discipleship is a process.
And as God is your helper and guide, he cares especially for your progress. Paul tells us;
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
God measures our trials to us in proportion to our ability. If I cannot stand the loss of a few dollars without becoming depressed and irritated, God knows that I am not ready to be faithful in the loss of a loved one.
All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
If you are believing these words of God, words of faith, you can say with confidence, “nothing bad ever happens to me.” Right after Romans 8:28, in verse 29 it says;
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
This is God’s purpose for each one of us, that we become like Jesus.
Have you accepted God’s purpose as your own?
In order for an athlete to become stronger he must continually exercise his muscles with harder and harder exercises until his goal is reached. It is the same for each of us.
Jesus says; Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away. And every one that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:2)