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Suffering and Glory!

Scripture reading for December 17th: 1st Peter 1-5

Before ascending to heaven, John recorded Jesus restoring Peter after serving him a breakfast on the shores of Galilee.  He asked Peter three times if he loved Him.  Peter responded “yes, Lord” to make up for the three denials!  Jesus then told him how he would suffer and die for God’s glory.  (John 21:15-19)

Peter mentioned suffering numerous times in his letters.  Although Peter told his readers that they were a chosen people and royal priesthood, he warned them that they will be treated unjustly because Christ was also treated unjustly.  (1st Peter 2:9) “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.  But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?  But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.  In this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving an example that you should follow in His steps.” (1st Peter 2:19-21)

Christ’s attitude in His own unjust suffering should be ours.  ” He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1st Peter 2:22-23)  He was perfectly obedient to the Father.

Suffering for Christ is a part of life as a true Christian in this world.  (1st Peter 4:1-2)  Suffering has a purifying effect when we have the right attitude.  When we focus on Christ, His purposes become clearer.  We cease from sin and live more fully for our Lord.  We should be ready to share the reason for our hope with others who note our joy and calm demeanor in the face of suffering.  (1st Peter 3:15)

” Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as if something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that 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 God rests on you.” Rejoice today in your trials and expect blessing and glory!

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Suffering, blessing, glory!

Scripture reading for December 17th: 1st Peter 1-5

The writings of Peter are always encouraging to me.  He was always optimistic, even to the point of being boastful!  He sometimes spoke before he thought.  Jesus chose him in spite of all his obvious flaws and he became the leader of the original disciples.  Thankfully, perfection isn’t a requirement for discipleship!

Peter mentioned suffering numerous times in his letters.  Although Peter told his readers that they were a chosen people and royal priesthood, he warned them that they would be treated unjustly.  (1st Peter 2:9) “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.  But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?  But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.  In this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving an example that you should follow in His steps.” (1st Peter 2:19-21)  He told them not to suffer for doing evil but to expect suffering for doing good!

Christ’s attitude should be ours.  ” He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1st Peter 2:22-23)  He was perfectly obedient to the Father and chose to act in love.

Suffering for Christ is a part of life as a true Christian in this world.  Christ suffered in his body and we will too.  (1st Peter 4:1-2)  Suffering has a purifying effect when we maintain the right attitude.  We cease from sin and live more fully for Jesus.  Others will observe our joy and calm demeanor in the face of suffering and ask us why.   This opens opportunity to share. (1st Peter 3:15)

In fact, Peter tells us how to face suffering.  ” Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as if something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that 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 God rests on you.” Rejoice today in your trials and expect blessing and glory!

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Called to Eternal Glory!

Scripture reading for December 18th: 1st Peter 1-5

Peter was the leader of the band of apostles.  He boasted of his faithfulness to the Lord and ended up denying Him three times.  As he ended his life, he wrote about suffering and glory and how Christ would come again.  He always encouraged believers to stay faithful.  He was aware of suffering that came with following Christ but always kept his eyes on the goal of seeing Christ when  He came again!

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that 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 God rests on you.” (1st Peter 4:12-14)  Suffering is a part of living for Jesus Christ.  Just as Jesus Christ Himself suffered persecution, we are promised persecution because of the name of Jesus that we bear.  We should not be surprised at this, but rejoice!  An attitude of joy is the choice we are to make.   Peter taught us that the Holy Spirit would rest on us and bring glory to God through our faithful and joyful endurance.

Peter had been an eyewitness of the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ.  He was there at the transfiguration as well as the crucifixion and then the resurrection.  He was given a charge by Jesus to care for the lambs and feed His sheep.  (John 21:15-19)  In this light, Peter instructed the elders of the church to set a good example for the others in the church.  They should not lord their authority over others, but serve willingly as shepherds of the flock of God.  (1st Peter 5:1-4)  The Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, would soon appear and those who served faithfully would receive a crown of glory which would never fade away!

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1st Peter 5:10-11)  The call to share Christ’s glory is foremost in Peter’s mind!  Let this word bring joy and encouragement today in your suffering or pain!

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Suffering, Blessing, and Glory

Scripture reading for December 17th: 1st Peter 1-5

The writings of Peter are always encouraging to me.  Peter is my kind of disciple.  He was so human.  He was always optimistic, even to the point of being boastful!  He sometimes spoke before he thought.  Jesus chose him in spite of all his obvious flaws and he became the leader of the original disciples.  Thankfully, perfection isn’t a requirement for discipleship!

Before ascending to heaven, John records Jesus restoring Peter after serving him a breakfast on the shores of Galilee.  He asked Peter three times if he loved Him.  Peter responded “yes, Lord” to make up for the three denials!  Jesus then told him how he would suffer and die for God’s glory.  (John 21:15-19)

Peter mentions suffering numerous times in his letters.  Although Peter tell his readers that they are a chosen people and royal priesthood, he warns them that they will be treated unjustly because Christ was also treated unjustly.  (1st Peter 2:9) “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.  But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?  But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.  In this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving an example that you should follow in His steps.” (1st Peter 2:19-21)  He tells them not to suffer for doing evil but to expect suffering for doing good!

Christ’s attitude in His own unjust suffering should be ours.  ” He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” (1st Peter 2:22-23)  He was perfectly obedient to the Father and chose to act in love and trust in God’s ability to judge and repay.  He did not have to take matters into His own hands, although tempted to!

Suffering for Christ is a part of life as a true Christian in this world.  Christ suffered in his body and we will too.  (1st Peter 4:1-2)  Suffering has a purifying effect when we have the right attitude.  We focus on Christ and His love and justice and His purposes become clearer.  We cease from sin and live more fully for our Lord.  We are always ready to share the reason for our hope with others who note our joy and calm demeanor in the face of suffering.  (1st Peter 3:15)

In fact, Peter tells us how to face suffering.  ” Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as if something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that 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 God rests on you.” Rejoice today in your trials and expect blessing and glory!

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