But the residents of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they continued proclaiming the Good News. Acts 14:4-7
Persecution has strengthened the ministry of Paul and Barnabas. They continue speaking boldly about the Grace of God in Jesus Christ in Iconium and the Lord gives grand signs and miracles by their hands. The city is divided in support for the apostles and then they hear that they will be mistreated if they stay. Quickly they take the word of the Lord to Lystra, Derbe, Lycaonia and surrounding country.
Persecution may be a factor in your outspoken witness for the Lord. Like Paul and Barnabas you will be strengthened because of it. Strength comes from Lord Christ. His strength gives robust energy, quick and clear thinking, and thoughts provided by the Holy Spirit which convince, convict, and confer.
Scripture indicates that when the apostles hear they will be mistreated and stoned they flee. Christ has died on the Cross to give salvation to those who recognize their hearts warmed by His Presence and humble themselves before His Holiness. His sacred offering of communion with Him is either rejected or accepted. Those who reject may persecute. When the apostles leave a town they may come back later when unbeliever’s anger is quelled and believer’s congregations have increased.