Lesson Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:1-2,12-19
Key Lesson Theme: “The Joy Arising from Our Hope”
Today's Lesson: Friday, July 3
1 Peter 4:1-2,12-19
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin—
2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.
12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you.
13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed.
14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.
16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name.
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
19 So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good
Live It Out
The message of Peter in these verses is difficult—no, not difficult to understand but difficult to apply. Who among us really wants to suffer? We tend to think people ought not be harmed or suffer for doing good. We would claim that is unfair. Therefore, when it comes is there really cause to rejoice, to feel blessed, and to glorify God? But that is just what Peter advocated!
Describe an experience in which you suffered for the cause of Christ.
How was your attitude during that time a reflection of the mind of Christ?
Did you come to the point of rejoicing and giving glory to God?
Until next week Saints…..
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