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Suffering as a Christian

Weekly Devotionals

Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

1 Peter 4:12-16

All Christians suffer. Although the depth and quality of suffering that each individual might go through is different, all suffer. Interesting thing is that even if  there are many faces in suffering, whether it is physical, financial, mental, and spiritual, responses to the suffering are simple; either blame God or praise Him.  In 1 Peter 4:12-16, Peter reminds his readers that they should not be astonished when they suffer. Rather he encourages them to rejoice when the suffering comes upon them. Because the Spirit rests upon believers as they are suffered for the name of Christ.

Philp Yancey introduces the list of “advantages” of suffering in his book “Where is God when it hurts?”

1. Suffering, the great equalizer, brings us to a point where we may realize our urgent need for redemption

2. Those who suffer know not only their dependence on God and on healthy people but also their interdepence with one another.

3. Those who suffer rest their security not on things which often cannot be enjoyed and may soon be taken away, but rather on people

4. Those who suffer have no exaggerated sense of their own importance, and no exaggerated need of privacy. Suffering humbles the proud.

5. Those who suffer can respond to the call of the gospel with a certain abandonment and uncomplicated totality because they have so little to lose and are ready for anything.

Nobody wants to suffer. But God allows us to suffer in order for us to join His glory.

Hope and pray that God would bring qualities such as dependence, humility, simplicity, cooperation in your spiritual life as you go through suffering.