Righteousness is about doing right, doing what God requires, doing what God accepts, and doing what God approves. When the “phrase doing right” is mentioned, it sounds as if it is obvious for everybody to desire to do things in this way. But knowing how much evil is in the world proves that at least what is right is not always the obvious choice for everybody. Some people choose to do what is evil and force others to do evil things for their own personal reasons. This may be a result of a lack of understanding or perceived benefits that evil will bring. Paul who used to be known as Saul was persecuting the church of Jesus Christ. As a Pharisees, he thought he was defending and fighting for God by killing the people of God until he was stricken by the lightning from God. He was persecuting and killing people of God for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After the encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, he became the greatest preacher of the same Gospel.
The point we are making here is that, when you are persecuted for doing the will of God, you are blessed. Persecuted for the will of God is different from persecution for your evil ways. Only when you are persecuted for doing what God requires will the kingdom of God belong to you. When you are persecuted for doing what God requires, the heavens claim you as belonging to them. Heaven or the kingdom of God is your home.
Mat 5:10 ESV “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Stand for the Kingdom of God.
From Simtandile Dlepuma.