Nov 12 — 1 Peter 4

1 Peter 4 — Stewards of God’s Grace, Suffering as a Christian

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  1. Chapter 4 provides some interesting discussion on suffering in this world, something that is relative and personal. Some may consider suffering as a time when the internet was down or perhaps when their car runs out of gas. Before I begin to act like a Pharisee, please understand I’m as guilty as the next person for lacking perspective–I am richly blessed and live a life of luxury compared to most of the world. I’m not worthy to speak on suffering, but I will attempt to glean a few gems from this chapter.

    Peter begins the chapter by referring to 1 Peter 3:18 when he says, “therefore” in 4:1. Christ suffered in the body, but was raised by God, and because of this suffering, through the resurrection, we all suffer with Christ and are “done with sin” (4:1). Instead of remaining focused on worldly desires, “living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry” (4:3), we should “be alert and of sober mind” (4:7) and “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (4:8). We should be changed completely. We should not be confused with those who are tied to worldly desires.

    This comes at a cost, friends, it is not free. “Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (4:12). Can I extend this to say, if I am not suffering or being tested, am I truly following Christ? If I am comfortable, I cannot be participating in the battle, but there are times for fighting and a time for respite. The key is to know when each is appropriate and not to dwell in either too long. God will deal with the unrighteous, “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?” (4:17).

    Suffering will happen. Lord may I suffer for you and not as some vain attempt to display my suffering. Help me to commit myself to my “faithful Creator and continue to do good” (4:19) and help as many people as possible come to Christ along the way!

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