From GNF contributor @laurenbeckermusic: Matthew 5:11-12 says, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great”
I think it’s safe to say most of us aren’t naturally inclined to rejoice in such a situation or consider ourselves blessed. It’s difficult to look ahead and remember our reward when heaven seems so far away. But Jesus is close to us and when we press into Him and experience His presence, suddenly heaven becomes close and we begin to put things into perspective - enduring struggle and standing strong in the faith leads us to increased trust in Him, dependence on Him, desire for Him, and ultimately a deeper relationship with Him. What greater blessing do we receive than that? ❤️