BSF Matthew Lesson 5 Day 4

7. Regarding rewards—

Matthew 5:12—reward for enduring persecution—great (strong and intense) is your reward in heaven

Matthew 6:3–6, 16–18 —reward for charitable giving and prayer if the motivation is other than pride—God will reward you.

Luke 6:22–24 —reward for being insulted, hated, excluded—your reward is great in heaven;

—reward for those who enjoyed the comfort and contentment of great riches in this life—they have already enjoyed their reward.

1 Corinthians 3:8–15 —reward for our labor in building the kingdom of God while were on earth—Each of us are only judged concerning our own labor. The quality of our works will be tested by fire. If those works survive, we will receive a reward.

Colossians 3:23–24 —reward for doing every task diligently as if we are serving the Lord directly rather than men—an inheritance from the Lord

Hebrews 10:35 —reward for confidence (I had to look up the Greek word for more clarification. It refers to the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances,not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.)—richly rewarded

Hebrews 11:26 —reward for “disgrace for the sake of Christ—”considered to be of greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward (recompense).” from Amplified Bible

Hebrews 11:6 —reward for faith in God—he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

8.  a. When persecuted we should—

  • rejoice and be glad

  • rejoice because we are counted worthy

  • don’t be surprised

b.  (Personal) In the past when I was persecuted, I didn’t rejoice. Now that I’m out of that situation, it is easier to rejoice. I rejoice because of the relationship I have with my heavenly Father as a result of drawing near to Him for comfort and protection.