1 Peter 1-5 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Suffering is a part of the Christian life, whether we like it or not, and we shouldn’t expect anything different. After all, Jesus said: ““If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). Jesus experienced suffering that led to the cross, but what the world and Satan meant for evil, God used for glory! And we see that idea throughout 1 Peter, because we frequently find suffering and glory paired:

• “The sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” (1:11).
• “Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (4:13).
• Peter, “a witness of Christ’s sufferings … who also will share in the glory to be revealed” (5:1).
• “After you have suffered a little while,” you will see “his eternal glory” (5:10).

But we have to realize that the suffering we’re talking about here comes because we are living for God, not because we are jerks! And we are once again told to rejoice because of the suffering we experience: “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…Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (4:15-19).

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