"But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony." Luke 21:13
Richard Wurmbrand of the Voice of Martyrs tells a story of when he was in prison. He said he realized that the prisoners would never come to church so God sent him to the prison to preach the Gospel. This is the attitude of Paul. Whether people were supporting him or ridiculing him, his only concern was that the gospel was preached. This perspective comes when we set our minds on things above. At persecution, there is no need to think any other way than God is providing a unique opportunity to share your faith in word and in deed. Remember, God sent you because they wont come to church!