The Blessing Of Lies

3:00 am Wendy van Eyck 2 Comments

God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. Matthew 5:11 (NLT)

Man holding sign, Lies, blessing, Matthew 5:11
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It felt like I said the words for over an hour. I probably only blubbered them for 5 minutes. 

“Nobody loves me,” I gasped through 6 year old tears.

I remember my mother rubbing my back while I sobbed and saying over and over, “I love you. Jesus loves you. Your brothers love you…” 

It was over 20 years ago but I still remember the emotions. 

I still recall the pain from being spoken about in the schoolyard, and mocked and persecuted, and lied about by kids I had called my best friends just the day before. 

It took me a long time to realize what they said was lies, years to wake up to the fact that what others say about me isn’t who I am. 

You aren’t what other people have called you. 

Perhaps that is part of what Jesus means when he says we are blessed when we are mocked and lied about because of our faith in him. 

Maybe part of the blessing is in us realizing that what others say about us isn’t who we are. 

And that who we are, is the children of God: sons and daughters of the one who created the universe. People loved so much by God that Jesus died rather than live without us.

When you are mocked for being God’s child it can be a blessing because it can remind you who you are.

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And who you are is loved. 

Do you believe you are God’s child, that you are a blessing and that you are loved by Him? Ask God to reveal these truths to you today. 

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A version of this devotional was originally published on gatewaynews.co.za

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