Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The supreme and commanding claims implied. Endeavour to understand the meaning of the words, "for my sake." All intelligent creatures act from some consideration or other — for the " sake " of something. At the root of the life we are living there is a strong and dominant reason; or, if not one, several that sway us in turn. Motive in every action — money, pleasure, etc., regard for others. So that the principle which is contained in the text is by no means new or exceptional, but is as old and as wide as the world. Comes before us in its highest and most glorious application. The claims involved. We have, then, here —
I. A person. A unique person.
III. A unique person who claims to be Lord of our life. What are we to do for the sake of Christ? To labour and suffer.
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.