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10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (1Peter3:14)

The eighth ring of joy sounds somehow bitter, for it is directed towards God’s servants, His peace-makers, those who are beaten for their love’s sake, mocked at for their bringing the good news of reconciliation to God and despised for forgiving others’ faults. Do you think the result of your preaching would be better received than that of Christ and his followers? Blessed are you if you suffer for the sake of your testimony. In case you are facing troubles for the sake of the righteousness of God and His gracious justification of sinners, you are in actual fellowship with Christ. As a result the Savior of the world will dwell with you, empower you, comfort you and keep you as the apple of His eye. Do not be angry bearing grudges against others, but rather rejoice, for your Lord is greater than the earthly possessions lost for the sake of His righteousness. He has provided for you a spiritual kingdom in His presence forever. All that God owns is waiting for those who are persecuted for the sake of His righteousness.

Why do the propagators of the gospel of peace sometimes experience violent opposition?