“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” (1 Pet. 4:16)
Suffering comes to all. Sometimes it is due to our choices and sometimes it is due to others’ choices (cf. 1 Pet. 2:19-20, 4:15). The best example we have of suffering is Jesus Christ who we are to follow (1 Pet. 2:21-25). We should not be alarmed when suffering comes our way for the cause of Christ (1 Pet. 4:12). In fact, such should cause rejoicing (1 Pet. 4:13-14)!
For the Christian, suffering is temporary. Suffering is designed to perfect us, to make us stable, to strengthen us, and to ground us (1 Pet. 5:10). Our suffering should be according to the will of God whom we entrust our souls with as a faithful Creator (1 Pet. 4:19). If we suffer now, we will have no suffering later (cf. Rev. 21:4).
Make plans to be here on Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 for our 1st Annual 14th and Main and Highway 80 lectureship. The theme is “Victory Over Suffering” with ten powerful sermons delivered by ten gospel preachers from the book of 1 Peter. The singing and fellowship will be excellent and all glory will be given to God. You do not want to miss this! See you there.