Saturday 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Prayer: O God, let your Spirit fill my life through your Word, in Christ. Amen.

Sacred suffering

13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.

We learn today that Peter is addressing the believers in Asia Minor, which includes the city of Hierapolis where the tomb of the Apostle Phillip was recently found in 2011.  Phillip and the Christians of Hierapolis were being persecuted.  Peter’s words told the Christians that by suffering for their faith in Jesus, they were sharing in the suffering of Jesus.

As humans, and most animals, we often run from pain and suffering. We avoid it because it is uncomfortable.  Our devotion writer explains about 1 Peter; “The letter encouraged them not to flee suffering, but to accept it as an opportunity to share in Christ’s own suffering…These are difficult words, for it is in our nature to avoid pain. But we are reminded that suffering is part of living, and on occasion we, like Jesus, may have opportunity to suffer for others and for all creation as a witness to the power of God’s love in our lives. In such crucial times let us follow the examples of Jesus and Philip, and use our suffering for healing, hope, and redemption.”

Prayer: “May the joys and sufferings of my life witness to your love, O Lord, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”

 

1 Peter 4:12-14

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

 

1 Peter 5:6-11

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

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