1 Peter Ch 4 V 12-19

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

God tells us that we should not be surprised that we will be persecuted as Christians, it is nothing out of the ordinary. We should be happy that we are being persecuted as Christians, so when Jesus comes we can be proud knowing that we are sons of Christ. When we are being persecuted we would know that the Holy Spirit is within us. When we suffer, it should not be because of a crime but as a believer, punished for our beliefs. When we are being persecuted do not be ashamed, but thank God that we can be acknowledged as those of God. When the Armageddon comes, and if the believers are saved first, what will become of the non-believers? If life is hard for us because we believed, what will happen to those that chose not to believe?


–  Thank you God for the gifts you have given me.