Three of Jesus’ promises
>>Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven . . . (Matthew 5:11-12 KJV).
>>He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 10:39).
>>There is no one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-30).
Weighing hardships against His promises
In each case Jesus speaks of suffering for His sake, but in each case He also guarantees abundant compensation. For the reviling, reward. For the losing, finding. For the leaving, receiving.
His faithful promises more than outweigh the pain (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Doesn’t this make the suffering for His sake well worth it?
By remembering Jesus’ assurance we can endure losses for His sake because we know He will take note and bless.
Of course, it really takes faith to believe this.
But He promised, didn’t He?
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