This verse seems fairly self-explanatory. When we look at it closely, we can see that we are warned; we will be reviled and persecuted because of Christ. We have already discussed persecution but let’s look at the word revile. According to the 1828 version of Webster’s dictionary, the word revile is a contemptuous language; in other words, when people speak against you.
Persecution is one of those words that we don’t use much in our everyday language. It can be difficult to understand. Many times we think of biblical persecution such as with the apostles and what they endured. That is not the only type of persecution, however. Persecution can be when the majority, or close to, are against you for your belief, color, ethnicity, or the likes. So, in this verse Jesus talks about being persecuted for righteousness’ sake. In other words, people coming against you for trying to live a Godly life and do what is right in Gods eyes.
As for all of us, this verse is not just for those whose job is to keep peace. God’s word is pretty clear on those who stir up trouble. Proverbs 17:14 says “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore, stop contention before a quarrel starts.” There are many, many other verses that speak about those who cause trouble. Matthew’s writing tells us that God blesses those who stop strife and quarrels.
We have all mourned for something; the loss a loved one, a job, a friendship, or a pet. I believe we need to view this verse as a temporary condition, not a permanent state. We need to look at the word ‘mourn’. I am not trying to make light of our losses but they are not a permanent feeling or way of feeling. The thought that came to me was mourning over our condition of spiritual bankruptcy, if you will.