Persecution is judgment. When you are persecuted, rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ! Why? Because the one doing the persecuting is actually delivering a divine judgment. And if judgment begins with the family of God, how horrible it will be for those who do not believe, especially when persecution is uttered from their own mouth.
What would happen if the persecutor could see judgment as they utter it? The trap they set with their mouth will become for them a snare.
When you are persecuted you are blessed. Only from God’s perspective can persecution be seen as a compliment. As children of God we can see it is a blessing. As humans we see it is a painful compliment.