Rejoice and Be Glad

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice
and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you. —
Matthew 5:11-12
If people criticize you for being a Christian, you are in good company. Consider what the prophets, apostles and
our Lord himself endured. But remember this: Your critics have no more power than you give them. If you start getting
paranoid and running scared and begin to respond in kind, you will appear
weaker even to your supporters.
Prayerfully consider suggestions from constructive critics. But keep cool and ignore nitpickers. Seek to please
God, and God’s people will usually be pleased with you.
Remember the blessing Jesus gives to those who are persecuted for doing good. They are like the prophets, and
their reward in heaven will be great.