The first Christians saw suffering for the sake of Christ as a privilege. Maybe the problem with us is that we don't know we're chosen. Saul, later Paul, had no doubt he was chosen and called to suffer for the name of Jesus. And he testified that the persecution was nothing, just "momentary, light affliction," compared to the "eternal weight of glory" to come.
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