I preach about how God is a good Father, who desires good things for His children. I also preach about how we are expected to endure persecution for the sake of the gospel. Did you know that even persecution is not the Will of God for His children? That would be saying that God, the good and loving Father that He is, desires to see His children beaten and killed brutally here on earth. Persecution is rather a natural result of our attempt to cooperate with God to bring His will here on earth. It’s not God’s will that we suffer, but persecution is something that we, like Jesus, must endure for the sake of the kingdom.