Sharing in the Sufferings of Christ: Part 1

Posted by on Jul 8, 2007 in Rev. Serven

Text: 1 Peter 4:12

Nobody really enjoys suffering.

Perhaps there are some wicked and perverse individuals who take delight in the sufferings of others, but even they do not like to personally suffer in their own body. The Apostle Peter, however, speaks of a radical new way of approaching suffering in this life when he actually urges his readers to be joyful about their sufferings!

Let me qualify this by pointing out that Peter does not endorse suffering in general as a way to have a great time. Instead, he says that to the degree you share in the sufferings of Christ you should be joyful.

This means that when you suffer persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ—for doing what Jesus has commanded, or refusing to do what Jesus has prohibited—then you can rightly rejoice that you are sharing in his sufferings.