"And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation."
"If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you."
There is something shocking about being hated without cause. To be disdained for doing something worthy of such a response, that's one thing... but to be dispised only for being who you are.... that's hard to take.