Nobody wants to be persecuted. No one likes to be made fun of for their beliefs. In this world it is going to happen, if we are truly following Jesus.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.–Matthew 5:10-12
Persecution will be something that happens of all who seek to live in harmony with the Word of God for the sake of righteousness. Those who uphold God’s standards of truth, justice and purity and who at the same time refuse to compromise with the present evil society or the lifestyles of lukewarm believers will be unpopular. be rejected and criticized.
Persecution and opposition will come from the world and at times from those within the professing church. When we experience this suffering, Christians are to rejoice, for those who suffer, God imparts blessing.
Christians must beware of the temptation to compromise God’s will in order to avoid shame, embarrassment or loss. The principles of God’s kingdom never change: “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Those who suffer and endure persecution because of righteousness are promised the kingdom and heavenly rewards. We have to remember that our time here on Earth is just a short period of time compared to eternity. So do we want to be rewarded and to be comfortable here on Earth, or when we are in heaven?
In Luke 6:22-23 says, Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
It’s clearly stated in the Bible we will be persecuted. Christians were persecuted back in Biblical days and they are now. It’s going to happen. The definition of persecution is hostility or ill-treatment towards a person due to being different. It might not be to the point of death or anything you see in “The Voice of Martyrs“, but simply being mocked for your beliefs is being persecuted.
If you’re not being persecuted in some way, are you really living for Jesus? Is He really showing up in your life? Are you really carrying out his ministry? If we’re not being persecuted in some way then we really need to look at how we’re living.