Not every trial is persecution
a. natural results of own mistakes
b. ridicule for doing weird things
c. to learn patience and endurance
Why would we be persecuted for righteousness?
a. The gospel is an offense to those who don't believe. (I Cor. 1:18)
b. “The world hates Me because I testify that what it does is evil. (John 7:7)
disciples (John 15:18-21)
Ahab and Micaiah (I Kings 22:8)
Abel, Joseph, David, Daniel and friends, Mordecai, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, John the Baptist, Stephen
Forms of persecution
a. physical attack
b. verbal insults
c. false accusations
How to respond
Rejoice and be glad.
God doesn't waste pain.