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10/17/2017

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Suffering And A Look At The Past


"Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his life for evil desires, but rather for the will of God" (1 Pet.4:1-2).

Jesus came from heaven to take human form, fully aware that he would suffer. When men and women confess Christ as their Savior, they become partners with Him in a world enterprise for goodness. We would all do well to adopt the mindset of Jesus and understand this simple fact; To live a godly life may certainly involve suffering for doing right, and in being a Christian we may face resistance. The price a Christian pays is testimony to the past life he or she has rejected, and a redeemed life they have embraced. When folks suffer for what they believe, that willingness testifies to the seriousness with which they have embraced Christ. Suffering with Christ is a sure sign that one has forsaken their past life of sin... That is why Peter says in today's 1st verse that he who has suffered in his body is done with sin... It is a clear indication that one who is willing to suffer for Christ's sake has made a "clean break" with his or her past life. No one who really knows Christ, looks back at that past life of sin with longing. Rather, they look back at those things they used to wrongly do with a wearisome grin and a shake of the head. Why? Because they recall that they were once enslaved. Our past lives were self-destructive, and when we put them in our rear view mirror, we see how destructive they were... Peter looks at us, and then at our former associates who are still wallowing in sins, (see vs 3) and writes these telling words; "They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they will heap abuse on you" (Vs 4)... Both believers and non-believers experience life in the flesh, and both will one day have to give an account for what they have done. Isn't it wonderful that we have found the better life...

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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