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TBONE61
Nov 10th 2008, 03:34 PM
1 Peter 3:13-17 (New King James Version)

13] And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16] having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17] For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Strangers In A Weary Land
Have you ever felt the discomfort of being a stranger in an unfamiliar place? In this case, misery does not have the benefit of company, and the environment can become lonely and hostile. Harsh words and callous actions are meant to drive us away and we are tempted to respond in like fashion. The recipients of Peter's letter knew exactly what this was like because it was part of their daily experience as followers of Christ. The cruelty was more than some could bear and many felt that the costs outweighed the benefits. our Christ-life is often not appreciated by this world, but we can use these challenges to renew our commitment to God. As they share their hurt with us, be ready to share your hope with them.

FOR TODAY: Trust God through the trials you face this week.