1 Peter Chapter Four part 4, A study of 1 Peter 4:11, 1 Peter 4:12 & 13, 1 Peter 4:14, and 1 Peter 4:15 & 16

1 Peter 4:11

"If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." NIV translation

Peter reminds us here that everything must always be about giving God praise because He is worthy. God provides the talents, abilities, and the strength to do the works He has set before each of us (see Ephesians 2:10).

1 Peter 4:12 & 13

"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed." NIV translation

Got persecution? Good, that is what Jesus told his followers to expect. We should not be surprised at the trials we face here and now as Jesus himself had trials here on the earth. He also said that the servant is not better than his master and so we should expect the same things that He went through. We can, in fact, rejoice in the trials because those trials serve to grow us as well as to testify to our souls that we are His! If you have a story of how God has used persecution to help you to grow, you can share it with us. We will edit and post it to build up others believers in their faith.

1 Peter 4:14

"If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." NIV translation

If people are putting you down because of your faith, you can take heart because that means that they can see that you are His.

Since you are His, then you know that He is with you and is constantly looking out for you.

1 Peter 4:15 & 16

"If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name." NIV translation

Not all suffering is the same. If you are suffering because of sin that is the price you pay for your actions but, if you suffer for following Christ, it is good. When we suffer for following Jesus, we can praise God because we are His and others see it or else they wouldn't be persecuting us.

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