"Blessed are those who are persecuted FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely ON ACCOUNT OF ME. Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. (Matthew 5:10-12)
Again, the Greek word for blessed (i.e., makarios) used here has a meaning of being fortunate, prosperous or successful. That is, successful are those that are suffer persecution when doing the right thing! Successful are those that suffer from insults, persecution, and slander when living a life that represents Jesus! Note these verses do NOT say that suffering brought upon ourselves via poor behavior will make us successful! Self-induced suffering (i.e., suffering we experience as a consequence of our incorrect actions) has no spiritual value (1 Peter 4:15. 1 Peter 2:20. 1 Peter 3:17).
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