Persecution can cause either growth or bitterness in the Christian life. Response determines the result. Peter encourages us to conduct ourselves courageously for ourselves and the program of Jesus Christ. Our conduct must be above reproach. Having being born again to a living hope, we are to imitate the Holy One who has called us.
As Christians we are not to think it strange concerning the fiery trials which are to try us, as though some thing happened unto us. But we are to rejoice as partakers of the suffering of Jesus Christ. That response to life is truly the climax of our submission to the good hand of God.
1 Peter 4:12-13
King James Version (KJV)
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 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.