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TBONE61
Jan 28th 2009, 08:53 PM
Matthew 5:11-12 (New King James Version)

11] "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12] Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Sheep Don't Win Beauty Contests

According to the Human Rights Watch Report, over 200 million Christians in more than 40 countries worldwide were persecuted and/or killed in 2007 because of their religion. The Good Shepherd says, "blessed are you. . . for your reward is in Heaven. . . for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you . . . " Later in the same chapter, our Lord encourages us with these words, "You are the light of the world. . . let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Persecution hasn't come to our shores yet, but it may. When or if it does, we can rest in the security and love of the Good Shepherd who will never leave nor forsake His little flock. We may be unsightly sheep, but we are beautiful in His eyes.

FOR TODAY: Rest in the Good Shepherd's arms, as he will never leave us.