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TBONE61
Nov 13th 2008, 04:40 PM
1 Peter 4:12-16 (New King James Version)

12] Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13] but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christís sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14] If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15] But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other peopleís matters. 16] Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

An Absurd Commandment

Today's scripture asks us not to be surprised by suffering. Are we surprised to find a fight on the battlefield? our expectations of the "Christ-life" may need an adjustment if we believe that suffering is only for other people. Our Lord taught His disciples about the cup of suffering (Mt. 20:22) and so it is with us. Today's Scripture asks us to rejoice and be glad as we suffer. how can we make sense of this when it seems so absurd? Know that the cruel acts are not intended for you personally, but are directed against God and His Spirit. They come as the result of conviction and judgment. Our rejoicing through fiery trials is only possible when our sufferings are with Christ and in the plan and purpose of God.

For Today: Take comfort in Christ's presence through the furnace experiences.

Mercy4Me
Nov 13th 2008, 04:45 PM
Thanks, tbone...very good post.

daughter
Nov 13th 2008, 05:09 PM
Excellent post! Thank you.