By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder and President of Thread of Hope, Inc.

“Blessed are you when people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because you are committed to the Son of Man. Rejoice then, and be very happy!

You have a great reward in heaven.”

Luke 6:22-23

This morning, I stumbled on this verse. Of course, I didn’t really stumble on it. The Spirit of God led me to it. My heart immediately felt joy. Let me explain, please. Why would I or anyone else be hated? I know I’m a good person, and I’m sure that those who are here reading are even better than me. So then, why would wonderful, kind, loving, and sincere people be hated? It doesn’t make sense, right? Well, it does make a lot of sense.

Let me continue. Why would someone want to avoid positive, kind, helpful, generous, ready to give their coat to those in need kind of people? It doesn’t make sense, right? Let me continue, please.