Philippians 1:28-29 – And not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.
How do we view persecution? Many Christians probably have a tendency to view persecution as something unfortunate. But scripture presents being persecuted for the name of Christ as a privileged and honored, despite how unpleasant it may be. We also ought to view persecution this way. Persecution gives Christians an opportunity to rely on God and to be a witness for Christ. Persecution should humble us in light of who we are being persecuted for.
2 Thessalonians 1:5 – This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering.
* Originally posted on former blog, I’m Calling Us Out.