Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker. Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name. For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinners?” Therefore, let those suffering in accordance with God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good. (1 Peter 4:12-19, NRSV)
If you are suffering for the sake of the gospel consider it joy!
How does one suffer joyfully?
If you are doing what God has called you to and because of that you are suffering, it is not because you are in the wrong, but because the world does not understand what God is calling you to do and is trying to quite God. So we suffer not of our own doing, but because we are following God.
If you are reviled because of your love for Christ, then keep moving forward. You are truly blessed in your suffering.
The life of a disciple was never promised to be a rose garden or a walk in the park, but it is a blessed life. One beyond our imagination.
So follow Jesus!