Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read 1 Peter 4: 12 - 17
In this passage the author of the verses, Peter, warns people that they might face hardship and suffering for following Jesus. While most people would not consider suffering a joy, Peter tells the readers of this book that they should rejoice if they suffer, they should consider themselves blessed and they should praise God in the midst of the suffering. Most followers of Jesus in Western Civilization today do not really face suffering, maybe inconveniences, but not true suffering. However, whether we face inconveniences or true suffering this text details how we should respond.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Have you ever faced true suffering for your faith in Jesus Christ? If you faced true suffering for Jesus how do you think you would respond?
Throughout the history of the Church some followers of Jesus have faced tremendous suffering. One might think that the Church would lose members when facing persecution and suffering. However, the Church has almost always grown when facing suffering. Why do you think this is?
What verse or statement in this text means the most to you in your life right now?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you that in the past followers of Jesus who suffered in your name did so with such grace. Lord, I confess that I do not necessarily want to face suffering but if I do help me, when I face sufferings and insults to not be ashamed but to praise your name. Amen.