“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” (I Peter 3:14 NKJV)
Don’t be surprised when the persecution starts once you decide to give your life to Jesus. The enemy will never want to see anyone follow Jesus therefore he will send his army against you. It can be family members, friends, coworkers, etc. The majority of the people that will try to inflict pain upon you are the ones you have never expected. However, you should consider yourself blessed because that means your light is irritating their demons. People can try to harm you physically but the one thing they can never take from you is your spirit in Christ.
In my case I’ve learned at a very young age to expect anything from anybody. The first people to count me out and bully me was my family. Then it was followed by a bunch of fake friends in high school so I learned not everyone can be trusted. Moving forward, by the time I found Christ I wasn’t afraid to leave anything or anyone behind that went against Christ. I’ve been persecuted my whole life before Christ and I was sinner. What would be the difference now that I’m trying to do good? I’m not better than Christ and He was even persecuted because He was light.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” (I Peter 3:18 NKJV) Christ He who was half God and half man and committed no sin was persecuted unjustly for us. He died to give us life: the Holy Spirit. He sacrificed himself for us because without the Holy Spirit we would be spiritually dead and of the world. He was nailed to a cross, beaten and stabbed all because He did good and knew no sin. He is the perfect example of suffering for righteousness.