Persecute

means,

To bother, hurt, punish,
or kill so
meone unjustly; particularly because the person believes in a certain religion
or style of worship.
Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which
despitefully use you,
and persecute you.


Matthew 5:43-44

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

11 Tim 3:12