Sunday Devotional: 1 Peter 4:12-19

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.  For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?  And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”  (1 Peter 4:12-19)

Suffering is a part of the Christian life.  We will suffer.  We will deal with hardships.  But we can take heart.  We are not alone and we will overcome.

The apostle Peter in his first letter wrote about suffering.  He knew that young believers were going to suffer and he wanted to comfort and encourage them.  We should not be shocked when this suffering comes around.  And we should not let us get word down from it.  We follow Jesus who knows all about suffering, He suffered and died for our sins so that we can have new life.  We have the Holy Spirit with us to comfort and help us to overcome.

Let us give praise to God in the midst of our sufferings.  Let us share with others about our blessing that we have in the midst of our sufferings.  And let us keep enduring in following Jesus in the midst of our sufferings.  Because we follow one who knows what we’re going through, who loves us & is there to help us overcome.

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