10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil
against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,
for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
2 Corinthians 4
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down,
but not destroyed;
10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake,
so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
1 Peter 4
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial
when it comes upon you to test you,
as though something strange were happening to you.
13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings,
that you may also rejoice and be glad
when his glory is revealed.
14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ,
you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory
and of God rests upon you.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer
or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.
16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed,
but let him glorify God in that name.
Pray for Persecuted Christians!