II Timothy 1:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
If you are living for Christ Jesus and are living a godly life then you can probably testify that you have suffered persecution. This verse is a promise of God. I don't know anyone who has lived a godly life for the Lord that has not went through some sort of persecution. We will suffer persecution from family and friends. Not only our lost friends or co-workers either. We will also suffer persecution from our saved friends as well. It ought not be that way but unfortunately it is. God promises us that we will suffer persecution for living for Him.
I can tell you from personal experience that it is hard to live a godly life when you are going through persecution. It is harder to do with family than it is with friends. I've gone through it on both ends. I've had friends mock me and forsake me due to my personal convictions that God has given me. But I feel that I have to stand where God has told me and shown me in His Word to stand. He died for me....others didn't. So I will continue (by the grace of God and His help) to stand where God has told me to.
There was a time when my own parents and siblings forsook me and my husband and children for almost 9 years. I mean they had NOTHING to do with us. No birthday cards or Christmas cards or anything. That was very difficult to go through. Especially when my children were small and asking why Grandma and Grandpa wouldn't answer their letters. It was all because I had given my life to Christ. Then there were other family members in my husband's family that would give us a hard time about convictions that we had accepted into our lives concerning dress, music and movies that we wouldn't watch. Those things were hard to handle. But God gave us the grace and strength to stand anyway.
There are things that I stand for in my convictions that are not popular. After all...it is not popular to live for Christ. Although the things I stand for may not be popular...I have got to stand. What kind of testimony will I leave behind with my children and others that are watching my life if I waiver in my stand on things and issues when I have stood for so long on them. I want to leave behind a testimony with my family and friends that although they may not have agreed with where I stood on things that I remained faithful to the Lord on those things.
God has told us in His Word to "...Be ye holy; for I am holy." I Peter 1:16. This is a command of God. It is God's will to live a holy and consecrated life. If there is nothing in our life that sets us apart for Christ then we are not living as God has commanded. One thing is for sure...if you are living a holy and consecrated life then you WILL suffer persecution. If not from family and friends...then the world will persecute you. The world will not persecute it's own. So if you aren't or haven't been prosecuted in some way...I'd check up on my life if I were you and see if I'm living for God as I should be and as He has commanded that I do.
If someone were to accuse you of being a Christian (Christ-like)...would there be enough evidence to convict you?