Jesus began his sermon in Matthew 5:3-5 with words that seem to contradict each other. But God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s.
If you want to live for God, you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse. By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.
What a glorious thought and promise to hold on to!