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
Suffering for Being a Christian
The trials we face in life don’t have to be viewed as negative! In fact we should rejoice when His glory is revealed.
As Christians we will be condemned, hated, and seen as judgmental in the eyes of the wicked. The world is getting worse and we are the only lights in this dark place.
If you are insulted because of Jesus’s name, you are actually blessed. Do not be ashamed of your faith. We are heirs to the Most High. We are children of the Almighty, and even called friend.
Jesus took a stand for us all on the cross, and paid his life for us. We need to live our lives for Him who is worthy.
It’s not an easy road. God knew it would be hard by saying so in verse 18. “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” What a powerful question that rings so true.
We have to commit ourselves 100 percent to Him. Anything less will not be enough. We need to be faithful to our God, and nothing can tear us from his mighty love!