Persecution can be a physical thing, but in this post, I am talking about verbal persecution. An example is when someone judges you for trying to do only what is right, calling you names because you try to live a sinless life. If you have tried to live in a way pleasing to God, you have most likely been persecuted. It hurts. We should always remember though, that in the end, what God thinks of us is SO much more important than what the world thinks of us.
Persecution is discussed many times in the Bible.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:12Jesus was persecuted because of who He was, how He lived, and what He did. We as Christians are to live like Jesus, and will be persecuted in life also.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
John 15:20I have personally been made fun of MANY times for my faith, and found this scripture to be the most reassuring and comforting in times of pain from hurtful words.
Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
1 Peter 4:12-16Next time someone makes fun of you for doing what's right, just remember that Jesus suffered persecution and made the ULTIMATE sacrifice by dying for us, so that we don't have to. We are put here on earth to live our lives pleasing to God, and there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about!
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
An amazing song about this is Losing by Tenth Avenue North: