1 Pet 4:12–13

Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of
Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad.


One thought:

The New Testament seems very clear that suffering will be a normal part of the Christian experience.



Three questions:


In what ways are you suffering for being a Christian (think well about this – you may be suffering in ways you don’t realise)


Do you feel like you could rejoice in suffering (particularly in being insulted/attacked for belief)


Rejoice today by giving thanks to God – that you will receive a crown of glory in the New Heavens & New Earth




Acknowledge God’s goodness and that His will includes the suffering of the saints now.

Give thanks that we can rejoice in the midst of suffering because of our hope.

Ask God to help you persevere and to rejoice now.