Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 1 Peter 4:16-19 KJV
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Since Christ suffered and underwent pain, you must have the same attitude he did; you must be ready to suffer, too. For remember, when your body suffers, sin loses its power, 2 and you won’t be spending the rest of your life chasing after evil desires but will be anxious to do the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being in Christ’s family and being called by his wonderful name! 17 For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin first among God’s own children. And if even we who are Christians must be judged, what terrible fate awaits those who have never believed in the Lord? 18 If the righteous are barely saved, what chance will the godless have?
19 So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you. 1 Peter 4:16-19 TLB
OK, HONESTLY! TRUTH IS SOBERING, IF U WILL ALLOW IT TO PENETRATE THE VEIL OF YOUR PERSONAL DESIRES OR OPINIONS!
Perhaps that’s why the Holy Writ commands (NOT SUGGESTS) us to “Study to shew thyself approved UNTO GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Pardon my deflection! Nevertheless, even as I’m being processed , in my seasoned years IN CHRIST, I am still recognizing that you need a WHOLE LOTTA JESUS N U to apply HIS WORD 2 daily life! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THAT SUFFERING PART OF SALVATION, huh?
BUT, THANKSB2GOD! HE’S SO PATIENT WITH HIS MERCY TOWARDS US AND HAS PROMISED “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
DON’T GET IT TWISTED! TRUST2KNO, THERE’S A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE IN GOD’S RESPONSE…WHEN THE SUFFERING HAS BEEN INVITED IN BY OUR OWN DISOBEDIENT LUSTFUL DESIRES AND WHEN WE’RE BEING TRAINED THRU SUFFERING… IN THE WILL OF GOD! OOOHH GGLLOORRAAAAAA!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!