012: Persecution (#2)
Read 1 Peter 4:12-19.
 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.  If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.  For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?  And 'If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?'  Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
Considering that our evangelistic efforts are motivated by our love for others and a desire for their happiness, it can be surprising when we face opposition and even persecution! But just as Christ, the kindest and most loving person to ever live, was hated, so we as his followers will be persecuted. John 15:18.
"'If the world hates you, know that it has hated me [Jesus] before it hated you.’"
Expect to be persecuted.
1 Peter 4:16 - The word “Christian” means “little Christ”. Whenever you are persecuted for being and living as a Christian, you can glorify God because you are being recognised as a representation of Christ.
1 Peter 4:13 - We can rejoice and be glad when we suffer because we will also rejoice one day soon when Christ returns. At that time all wrongs will be made right and Christ's glory will be plainly seen by everyone.
1 Peter 4:14 - When you are insulted as a Christian, you are blessed by God for though it is painful to suffer, God’s Spirit is with us.
1 Peter 4:19 - Remember that your Creator is good and sovereign. Entrust yourself to his kind, strong, just arms as they hold you through every trial and hardship. Continue to do good to all including those who persecuted you.