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True happiness comes from following Jesus.  The rewards will come in heaven.  Then Jesus added some words just for HIS disciples and all those that would follow HIM.  

” ‘ Those who are treated badly for doing good are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them’ ” [Matthew 5:10].  Jesus knew HIS followers would be insulted, persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and killed.  Like God’s messengers, the prophets, in times gone by, they would be rejected because bringing God’s truth to the world exposes sin.  They might suffer greatly in the war against sin and Satan, but they would be joyful, knowing that their reward was eternal life in heaven.

“You are like salt and light in this world,” Jesus told them.  In order to change the world, they would have to be a part of it ~ just as salt changes flavor by mixing with food.  Without the presence of people who love and serve God, this world would destroy itself.  Even the lives of evil people are blessed because of God’s followers.  

But those who say they are Christians and don’t act like their Master, have lost their flavor ~ and give God a bad name.  Like sunshine, salvation belongs whole world.  The truth about God should not be trapped inside the pages of a book or inside the walls of a church ~ it belongs to everyone who will LISTEN.  Unwavering honesty, a giving spirit, a good example ~ these are all ways by which we spread light to the world around us.   

HIS mission was to strengthen and live by God’s laws.  If they could be changed, there would have been no need for HIS sacrifice on the cross at Calvary.  HE came to explain those laws and teachings and to show their true meaning by HIS life.


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