If you've experienced persecution, it's seriously time to rejoice. God has counted you faithful and the enemy has counted you a threat.
Both Jesus and Paul prophesied that believers would face persecution. But if you respond the right way in the face of persecution, increase will come.
I've read about it. I've witnessed it. I've lived it. i can guarantee it.
No, it's not fun, but rejoice anyway.
No, it doesn't feel good, but you can find contentment even in the midst of the spiritual warfare.
Don't waste a good dose of persecution. Make it your slave. What Satan means for harm, God will use to promote you in His kingdom if you keep it Christ-like.
Remember these words the next time someone maligns you, harasses you, or otherwise persecutes you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will see to it that vindication manifests in your life.