12 Days of Christmas: ‘Day 8’

Eight Maids A-Milking:

This points to the Beatitudes.  They can be found in Matthew 5:3-10.  We remember these as the opening promises of Jesus in his well-known Sermon on the Mount.  But then Jesus closes that portion of his sermon with these words of encouragement for those of us who follow him.

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.  Be happy about it! Be very glad!  For a great reward awaits you in heaven.  And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.    Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT)

So, have you been teased or treated poorly for your faith in God?  Maybe at work or school?  Maybe even by your own family?  Well, God has a very personal promise for you.  He says not to be concerned about how you’re received by others.  Just smile……God is going to bless you for your faithfulness.  Nothing on Earth can compare to God’s gifts!


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