Lesson Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:1-2,12-19
Key Lesson Theme: “The Joy Arising from Our Hope”
Today's Lesson: Monday, June 29
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
The Bible Meets Life
Some have an erroneous perception that when one becomes a Christian, he or she will be sheltered from facing trials, struggling with difficulties, or having to make sacrifices. The Scriptures do not support such a view. In fact, they say the opposite. Jesus is our primary example that even the good suffer. If, then, living for Christ is hard, why should we choose to do it? Does anything positive come from suffering for Him? Yes, it does. Our suffering for Christ’s sake can deepen our walk with Him.
In the face of being victimized by others because of their stand for righteousness, Peter encouraged the believers to endure. He pointed to the blessing they would receive for their steadfastness. He encouraged them to be prepared to gently and respectfully defend the hope they had within that enabled them to face the persecution with resolve and confidence.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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