If you never have any problems and nothing's ever wrong, if you never receive any persecution and "all men speak well of you" (Lk.6:26), then you're not living Godly in Christ Jesus!--"For all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution!" (2Tim.3:12) Persecution shows you're getting the job done! It shows you're hitting the Devil where it hurts when his followers start howling! It shows that you're really on the job, which really makes the Devil mad!
Jesus Himself was terribly persecuted and finally crucified for telling the Truth and showing God's Love to the World.--And He said, "The disciple is not above his Master: If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you." (Mat.10:24; Jn.15:20) Therefore, "Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you!" (Mat.5:12) Jesus promised that if you would suffer with Him, you would also reign with Him! (2Tim.2:12) So are you going to reign a little while now, and suffer a lot later?--Or are you going to suffer a little now and reign forever?
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