In many instances, it feels good to do good. But what about those times when doing the right thing leads to pain and negative consequences?


“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10

In many instances, it feels good to do good. But what about those times when doing the right thing leads to pain and negative consequences? In this beatitude, Jesus invites us to endurance, to keeping on doing good, whatever the cost. When we do this, we join the cosmic struggle between good and evil. When we choose to love our enemies and bless those who curse us, we cast our vote for goodness and love; and in the end, love will finally win.

Mark Scandrette is an author, activist, teacher and coach for leaders and teams who want to change the world from the inside out. He is one of the key creative shapers of the NINE BEATS Collective, an international project of artists and activists exploring – and seeking to practice – the beatitudes. Album & resources at 9beats.org.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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