We had a lively discussion in our Sunday school class on Sunday regarding 1st Peter. In this book, Peter addresses the subject of Christian suffering. He makes the point that we should not be surprised when suffering comes our way; instead, we should expect to suffer for our faith in Christ.
We see signs of this today in certain corners of the political landscape where it is believed that all religions should be tolerated. Except the Christian faith. Media and offerings from Hollywood portray Christians as narrow-minded bigots and hypocrites who judge everyone but themselves.
And those are just two examples. Like me, you’ve probably experienced rejection when accused of checking your brain at the door for believing in the Jesus fairytale.
However, we must admit all theses examples barely qualify as suffering when compared to Peter, his contemporaries and the believers receiving his letters of encouragement. Some were beaten, imprisoned, and forced to go into hiding, which most of us cannot claim. Yet, anyway.
The Example to Strive For
1 Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.”
Peter’s point is that as Christians, we are not to react to suffering as the world does. We must always remember that our confidence is not in this world but the next. Our suffering on this earth is but a dot on the infinite line of eternity with Christ.
Mostly importantly, our attitudes during times of suffering should reflect gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf.
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