Why is it then that many twenty-first century professing believers whine and complain that the government is making it hard to live out their faith? We should rejoice when it costs something to serve Christ because that is when the church is at its best. It is persecution not pleasure that grows the saints!
10"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."