Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 1 Peter 4:12-19
By nature I think all suffering is bad. But when I suffer because I am a Christian or am doing the right thing in honor of you, it actually has merit. It glorifies your name, shows that you are worth suffering for and it gives the truth of your gospel clothes to wear. Help me make doing the right thing my highest goal today instead of getting my own way. And when I suffer any kind of insult give me the spiritual wisdom and ability to meet it with love, respect and an example of patience. AMEN
Pastor Don Patterson
All people are selfish. But God’s people kennel their selfishness so love can move freely about their lives.