The Last Beatitude

In the Sermon on the Mount our Master, Christ Jesus, set forth this profound beatitude: "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven." Matt. 5:11, 12;

In her study of the Beatitudes the writer was always able to love and understand the first seven. It was easy to acknowledge that the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, those who hungered and thirsted after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers were blessed. But she could not understand how one could be blessed when he was persecuted for expressing the Christ in his daily life nor how he could rejoice and be glad—"exceeding glad."

However, as she has observed the lives and experiences of Christian Scientists, she has realized that it is truly a blessed experience to be persecuted for the sake of righteousness and that one can be "exceeding glad" for the privilege of drinking of the Master's cup.

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Turn to the Light
August 5, 1967

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