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TBONE61
Nov 11th 2008, 04:03 PM
1 Peter 3:18-4:6 (New King James Version)

18] For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19] by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20] who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21] There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22] who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

1 Peter 4:1-6
1] Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2] that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3] For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4] In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5] They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6] For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.



Focus On The Mission
When suffering seems especially difficult, we need to remember that Christ has gone before us to give us a picture of someone who did it right. His suffering came in obedience to God. His suffering came because of His great compassion for us even though He lived a totally righteous life. No, it was not fair, but that was not his concern. Judgment was looming and in His mission to redeem us He was totally selfless. Our focus should be on the mission rather than ourselves. Suffering does not play fair. It challenges us mentally and Physically. If we are called to suffer, be patiently obedient. As we focus on the mission, we become like Him, showing compassion to a lost world, and living a blessed and victorious life.

FOR TODAY: Take courage that God's plan is being fulfilled in you.

musicmiss
Nov 12th 2008, 06:50 PM
I really like this alot. It gives a great perspective on suffering! It kind of made me think too, that even if we aren't suffering for the gospel, but rather just due to some ailment or something, then we need to go through it head on so that we can get back to where we need to serve God and love others. I loved this.