Ephesians 3:13. “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”
Another translations says, “Do not be disgraced by my sufferings for you.” We need to remember that Ephesians is one of the “prison epistles,” written while Paul was incarcerated because of his fearless preaching and his outspoken defense of the gospel.
One thinks of Saeed Abedini, who was recently released from a three-year incarceration. I watched the video that has been on Facebook, observing the difficulty he seemed to have in coming down the steps from the airplane to meet his parents here in the States. He would have said the same thing. It is not a shameful thing to be persecuted for Christ. It is not a shameful thing to be identified with someone who is being persecuted. Rather, we should glory in knowing that God was there during the whole ordeal. and the cause of Christ is alive and well today just as it was in Paul’s day.
It will never be defeated.