VICTORY IS OURS!
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.”
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.
Why would someone want to insult those who go about constantly caring about the well-being of others and trying to make it better for them? Giving of their time, fighting for their rights, taking care of the poor and the needy, speaking on behalf of those who can’t defend themselves, looking out for the destitute and the hurting. It doesn’t make sense, right? Let me continue. Please, bear with me.
Why would anyone want to slander and lie about a life that’s committed to making a difference in the lives of those who can’t defend and fight for themselves? It doesn’t make any sense, right? Let me continue, thank you for bearing with me here.
The answer is not so shocking. Coming right from the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself, “Because you are committed to the Son of Man.” You see, you can’t serve two masters. You love one and hate the other.