5 Christians Arrest during Underground Church Service in North Korea, North Korea is getting more and more hostile to the Christian faith.
North Korea has been a hostile country where it is difficult for Christianity to thrill, and this country has persecuted many Christians. And this is not getting better, but worse, especially under the regime of Kim Jong Il.
But to Christians who know their Bibles, this should not shock us nor come as a surprise to us. We have men and women in the Bible who were persecuted for their faith in the Lord.
Here are a few Bible verses from the King James Version (KJV) that discuss Christian persecution and the joy that can be found in it:
- Matthew 5:10-12: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
- Acts 5:41: “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”
- Romans 5:3-5: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
- 2 Corinthians 12:10: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
- 1 Peter 4:12-14: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
These verses highlight the idea that Christians can find joy in persecution because they are counted worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake. They remind believers that persecution is not a strange thing but rather an opportunity to partake in Christ’s sufferings, with the promise of a great reward in heaven.