How can we find encouragement in modern day persecution? While severe persecution occurs around the world, its important to remember that some Christians face persecution because they are not representing Christ well. The key focus of this passage is on persecution due to righteousness. Scripture promises that we’ll find joy in persecution that arises from righteousness; but no promise of relief from persecution that arises from our own unrighteousness. The warning is that our hearts must first be in the right place. Hearts in tune with God may bring conflict with those who don’t know God; and sometimes this brings the persecution. The promise for those show are suffering for righteousness is the kingdom of heaven.