In our world today (even among many Christians), the idea of being persecuted like Paul or Jesus is a foreign concept and we often wonder why this is so. The answer is pretty simple in that many come to faith with the idea that, once they make the decision, everything is going to be easy and that everyone will embrace them. That is not the biblical pattern and we see this in the connection between confidence, persecution, and courage. As we saw before, our confidence in God will cause us to stand up and stand out (be different). This difference (non-conformity) will bring persecution from those that do not know Jesus as well as many within "church" walls. The purpose of this persecution is to get others to conform to the standards of a certain group. As we see with Paul's words to Timothy, we have the courage to face this pain or grief because of the strength that we have gained through trusting in the Lord.