12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 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. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Suffering for Being a Christian
The Guardian reported an attack on Pakistani Christians in Peshawar. The Guardian is a reputable British newspaper, so this event is not being exaggerated by Christians to create a media scare.
What is your reaction to this kind of persecution? To read more of these kinds of stories, visit Voice of the Martyrs at persecution.com
We are unaware of so much suffering for being a Christian. We see the faith as something of a luxury that we add to our lives. Father, help us to care for our persecuted brothers and sisters in the world. Let us not protect ourselves from their stories. help us to enter into prayer to share in their sufferings.
- How did ancient Christians suffer?
- How does Peter encourage them repeatedly in his book?
- How do modern Christians suffer?
- How do suffering Christians receive encouragement from their brothers and sisters in the world?
- What would you want people to do for you and your church in the weeks following a suicide attack?