Friday, 6 September 2019
Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
Not always translated clearly, this verse talks about exclusion, aggression and being given a bad name (or reputation) because of Jesus. It is always difficult when faced with rejection and isolation from friends, family and other people around us. But Jesus came to bring a sword rather than peace, to separate those who are in the kingdom of God from those who are not.
England had bitter times of disputes between and within families during the time of the Civil War. Some supported the king (Charles I) while others supported parliament. Fathers and sons, brothers, cousins, found themselves fighting on different sides due to genuine conviction of conscience. Mothers and daughters, sisters, stopped speaking to each other over their divided loyalties (or those of their menfolk). Yet both sides felt that they had God on their side; both sides had church support.
Blessing in the kingdom of God comes from following Jesus faithfully, for being as faithful as He was.