David Prince, pastor and professor wrote, “Paul, an apostle, wrote to Timothy, “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12). Simply put, if the gospel is true, a safety-first, safety-centric worldview is a lie. A world where nothing is worth suffering and dying for is a world in which it is difficult to discern what is worth living for. Teach your children that love itself is an aggressive act that is often costly and demands courage. Defending the defenseless, speaking truth in love, and helping those in need, will often put them in harm’s way.”
The phrase from Paul was “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” It isn’t might be, could be or perhaps…but will be. After ‘desiring this life’ a good number of years now I would have to say this is unquestionably true. And I don’t always feel that ‘blessed’ about it either…but that’s the way it is.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Jesus