Matthew 5:10-12 NLT

10 God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. "
11 "God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers.
12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too."