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10/16/2017

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Suffering As A Christian


"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.....' For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life that was handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Pet.1: 15, 18).

If the theme of today's title sounds like last week, your eyes do not deceive you. To Peter and his readers, the blessings of being a Christian were incalculable. As we see in verse 18, they and we have been redeemed from a relatively empty way of life. We have come to know the joy found in being a part of the Christian brotherhood. (1:22). Through Christ we have been born again of imperishable seed, and God has made us living stones in a spiritual house; we are a chosen race... (2:5, 9). Though this looks like a rosy picture, the blessings come at a price, but a price well worth paying. Especially in Peter's day, the suffering was real.... Evil was in the world as it is today, therefore Christians suffered. As Peter's 1st epistle continues, festering trials and afflictions are never far from the surface, as Satan ruled the worldly realm. As we are to do with one another each day, Peter exhorted and encouraged those who would read and listen. He reminded his readers that Jesus was Lord, He died for their sins and was coming again... They (we) had confessed Christ. They (we) know the truth. They (we) are a holy people... The world will not defeat us! Just how do we cope with being hounded and despised for our faith? Here are some of Peter's Spirit inspired ways; (1) Respond to injustice with holy and godly living. (2) Let integrity filled goodness be your badge of glory. (3) Overcome evil with good. (4) Find strength in your weakness. (5) Because of your good deeds, non-believers would glorify God in the day of visitation. (6) Instead of returning evil for evil we are to receive a blessing. Finally, Peter advises his readers to live so that those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame... (3:16). This should be some good stuff to get your week going in the right direction...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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