If we were not of God, then the people of this world would accept and love us. This is not the case, however. Daily, several thousand Christians across the globe have been agonized by ruthless persecution simply because of their aspiration to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
For centuries, faithful adherents of Christianity have been mocked, jeered, beaten, starved, imprisoned, tortured, and even murdered for their involvement in spreading the gospel. Even today, those who profess the name of Jesus Christ are persecuted by their governments for their religious beliefs. As a matter of fact, our society has expressed much disapproval of biblical standards.
The Christian religion has been condemned by the powers of evil since it first blossomed by completion of Christ's physical resurrection from the grave. Jesus Christ is the light which the darkness cannot comprehend. His ways are not the ways of the world. He was beaten, ridiculed, and crucified for our transgressions.
For these reasons, we as His earthly representatives should not expect to obtain a better reputation in our ministry of proclaiming the message of salvation to the lost. In order to endure persecution, we must understand that our suffering in this life is only temporary and that we will spend eternity with God in heaven.