Are You Suffering?


Suffering for Righteousness Sake.

"Indeed, who will harm you if you become zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are happy. However, do not fear what they fear, nor be disturbed.  But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect." (1 Peter 3:13-15)


"Maintain a good conscience, so that in whatever way you are spoken against, those who speak against you may be put to shame because of your good conduct as followers of Christ.  For it is better to suffer because you are doing good, if it is God’s will to allow it, than because you are doing evil." (1 Peter 3:16-17)


"Beloved ones, do not be surprised about the fiery trials that you are experiencing, as though something strange were happening to you.  On the contrary, go on rejoicing over the extent to which you are sharers in the sufferings of the Christ, so that you may rejoice and be overjoyed also during the revelation of his glory." (1 Peter 4:12-13)


"If you are being reproached for the name of Christ, you are happy, because the spirit of glory, yes, the spirit of God, is resting upon you." (1 Peter 4:14) "But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but let him keep on glorifying God while bearing this name." (1 Peter 4:16) "And if the righteous man is being saved with difficulty, what will happen to the ungodly man and the sinner?” So, then, let those who are suffering in harmony with the will of God keep on entrusting themselves to a faithful Creator while they are doing good." (1 Peter 4:18-19)


Do you understand these things? The sufferings that are being bestowed upon us is for righteousness sake. How did Peter start off his inspired writings to his Brothers? Here is the synopsis of what the Apostle Peter was saying: "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," (1 Peter 1:3) "Because of this you are greatly rejoicing, though for a short time, if it must be, you have been distressed by various trials, in order that the tested quality of your faith, of much greater value than gold that perishes despite its being tested by fire, may be found a cause for praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:6-7) "So brace up your minds for activity; keep your senses completely; set your hope on the undeserved kindness that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:13)


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