“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
– Matthew 5:11-12
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
– 1 Peter 4:12-16
… with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
– 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
– 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
God stoops to tell us the Christ is not fickle. The Lord leaves heaven and comes down to earth; He allows Himself to be led to the judgment hall where He is buffeted and spat upon. He walks to Calvary and permits men to nail Him to the cross. From that cross He cries out, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” We see these things happen and He tells us that they have happened for us. What depths of sin there are in the human heart that we can see such love and then doubt its permanence.
– Donald Barnhouse
As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
– Romans 8:36
In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever.
– Psalm 44:8