The heart of our passage today seems to be expressed in verse 16: "if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name." This is much easier said than done! Four truths help us to live this out: 1) it should not be a surprise, but rather a privilege to share in the sufferings of Jesus (verses 12-13); 2) we are blessed immeasurably when we suffer for His name (14); 3) we must be careful to suffer for the correct reasons - not for our own foolishness (15); 4) Judgment against sin is both a present and future reality in our world (17-18). In summary Peter calls us to 2 clear actions: cling to the One who is our Faithful Creator and continue to do what is good. Within these words is a strong message of hope and encouragement. May we receive it from him!
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