This is the last of the Beatitudes taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:10-12. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. It has been interesting studying The Beatitudes taught by Jesus. A pattern immerses throughout them which I have included after this short poem. Beverley Joy
When others insult and mock you
And speak falsely against you
Rejoice and be glad, for God will reward you.
Jesus never promised an easy life to those who follow Him
People and prophets have been persecuted throughout history
Jesus did not promise to roll out a red carpet
Nor did he profess that life is a bed of roses.
He talked of self-denial and about carrying a cross
Without which you cannot possess the Kingdom of God
He taught that God’s Will must be the goal of life for those who believe.
Followers of Jesus expect persecution and insults
Worldwide they are imprisoned for their beliefs
Yet, they refuse to compromise God’s holy standards
Instead, they rejoice in their suffering.
Beverley Joy © 2021 Simply Story Poetry
The Pattern of The Beatitudes
We can see a pattern that flows through the Beatitudes
From our head to our heart and out through our hands:
As we mourn over our spiritual poverty
We stand before God exposed in our humility.
A hunger grows toward right behaviour
We desire to show mercy toward our neighbour
Family, friends and countrymen
Sometimes react in their own defence
Unwilling to accept differences
They insult, accuse and persecute.
But God has filled us with wisdom and peace
That transcends our humanness
That causes us to understand
The shortcoming of our fellow man.
Beverley Joy © 2022 Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.
Read or listen to other poems in this series: You can read or listen to other poems in this series The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit? Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure? Blessed are the Peacemakers?
God’s Psychiatry 1979, Charles L Allen, Fleming H Revell Company