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The Joy/Pain Meter

"In this you will greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith ---- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire ---- my be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed" (I Pet.1:6-7).

How are all of us registering on the joy/grief meter? Does the meter say you are having many more trials in you life than joy, or visa-versa? Mine is lopsided on the joy side, but I know that some of us suffer more than others do, so we find great hope in today's passages from I Peter. When one comes to the Lord in faith and obedience through Christ, he or she becomes an heir of God's kingdom, and in this world shares life with the Son... "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy' " (I Pet.1:15-16). This verse tells us that sanctification is for this life, and being born again is to participate in the blessings God has for His people... (look at Vs 23). Already one shares in the fellowship of those who have been redeemed in the same way we were, but still, this world is not all there is. As Christians, we are living in the time between the first appearance of Jesus and his second coming. Because He came once, the blessings of the kingdom have been realized. But because He is yet to come again, believers are to await the promises and anticipate life in God's presence. What Peter does for the people of the first century, and us, is a not so subtle reminder of a few things we ought to already know. Life won't always be a bowl of cherries with whipped cream on the top... The life of a Christian ought to be a joyous one, but not necessarily one that is completely filled with hilarity and fun. Suffering may be a part of holy living, but the standards of the world are overturned in Christ. Christians should strive to be strong in weakness (2 Cor.10) and powerful in humility. Like Jesus, a Christian should despise the shame the world might want to bring on us, and greatly rejoice...

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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