1 Peter 4:12-19
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Never Give In
Before Peter closes this great book on suffering, he gives us a few final reminders. Did one of them stand out to you? Peter reminds us again that there are positive results from suffering. He reminds us that we are able to participate in what Christ faced and that suffering allows us to bear His Name. Insults, resulting from our witness, demonstrates that God’s glory is upon us. We have an opportunity to not only impact this world and grow in our walks with God through suffering, but we also have the opportunity to impact our first meeting with Christ. Suffering allows us to prepare ourselves to be able to have that first meeting with Christ be one of great joy. The bottom line on suffering? It is found in verse 19. Underline it in your Bible. First, we are to commit our lives to Christ and trust Him. Do not fret and worry, but give everything to Him. Second, continue to do good. Don’t give in, don’t stop doing what is right even in the midst of suffering. Allow God to use it in your life and use it in the lives of those who are watching. Why not take some time today to memorize this verse to help you handle any suffering you experience.
Name one principle on suffering that you will take from reading this book.
How can you apply it to your life right now?
How can you better prepare yourself to respond correctly when suffering comes?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?