1 Peter 4:12-19 – October 10
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Peter 4:12-19 – Suffering for Being a Christian
12 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. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 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? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Rejoice in Suffering | Becky Newman
1 Peter 4:13
Peter has just told his Jewish audience not to be surprised by the trials and suffering they are facing, basically that suffering is part of living in a sinful broken world. Here, he tells them they should even be rejoicing because they are facing hardships. Our witness is even stronger if we can smile in the midst of hardship; it shows that much more how awesome the power of a relationship with God is.
This is one of those things where I think if I’m having to consciously remind myself or make myself smile or be joyful, that I’m doing it wrong. It’s only if I’m letting God be in charge that I can be rejoicing in the midst of suffering. The current hard season has been going on for a year-and-a-half, and I hope I am pleasing You through it, even maybe that my face looks joyful, but under no power of my own. The second half of this verse is a good reminder to live for eternity where there will be no suffering or hardships, where we are all unified by the blood of Christ under God.
Help me to let Your joy shine through me no matter what’s going on in this world, and thank You for the promise of eternity with You!
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