1 Thessalonians 2:14
For you, brothers, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus…
A certain amount of persecution rouses a man's defiance, stirs his blood for magnificent battle, and makes him fifty times more a man than he would have been without the persecution. So it was with the great reformer when he said, "I will not be put down, I will be heard." And so it was with Millard, the preacher, in the time of Louis XI. When that sovereign sent word to him that unless he stopped preaching in that style he would throw him into the river, he replied, "Tell the king that I shall reach heaven sooner by water, than he will by fast horses."
(T. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: