2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Persecution will happen to all that are willing to live godly but apparently not to Christians who are not willing to live godly. The willingness or the unwillingness seem to equally as important as the living godly and the not living godly. If we are not willing to live godly we get between a rock and a hard place. We may not suffer persecution but we will have the chastisement of God. We are better off to live godly than to suffer His chastisement. If we live godly, we will still be on His side. It doesn*t often look like we are better off living godly, but the Bible says that we are.
Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Isaiah 43:2: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
The greatest of the blessings is the presence of God. Do we prefer the blessings of God or peace with the world? I have known a few Christians who seem to purposely irritate unbelievers so they can feel like martyrs. There is no blessing in that. When persecution is our plan it doesn*t work, but when God permits it, it is a blessing. The blessings of persecution might seem only to last as long as the persecution here on earth, but they will be eternal in Heaven.
1 Peter 3:17: For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.