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Dr. June Normil
A Christian's life is to reflect the truth this world is not their home, doing good and submitting to authority as a member of God's kingdom. But this can be difficult; Peter made it clear in conveying this principle to Christian slaves of his day. They were to submit and serve their earthly masters well. We likely cannot imagine what it would be like to be a slave. Yet we will suffer mistreatment in this sunful world. God commends believers who wronly suffer for doing what is good: following Jesus' example without retaliation and entrust yourselves to God's justice. Jesus suffered to provide salvation so those who believe in Him might live righteously. If you suffer for doing good, count yourself blessed. Believers will be persecuted, just as Jesus was persecuted. Sufferingis a part of life. Why you suffer and how you respond rests on yoor response to Jesus Christ. By His grace you can come through suffering closer and stronger in the faith.
[For Pesonal Reflection] Does the way you handle suffering reflect your hope in Christ's?
LIVE THE LIFE OF GRACE ( 1 PETER 4:7-16)
God gives Christians grace to live godly lives. Some people would like to think this means life should be trouble free and easy. Yet this is not what Christ promised. What He did promise was to be with His followers and give them the strength, peace, and joy to overcome. Peter wrote his letter to encourage believers who were suffering because of their faith in Christ. Rather than feeling ashamed or struggling to understand why you suffer, it is far better to look to the example of Christ. When He suffered, He put His trust in the Father. You may never have answers as to the "why" of suffering, but trusting God will result in receiving His grace so you can come throught it victoriously.
GOD'S GRACE IS AMAZING!
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May. 2019 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil