Thought passage: Phil. 1:29, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”
It is a given that Christians will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ but with God it is also a given that we will suffer for his sake. There seems to be a movement in churches today that if all is well with your relationship with Christ then no hardships will come. If this be true then the apostles must have had the worst of relationships with him. Beatings, imprisonments and peril followed them everywhere.