1 Peter 4:12 – 4:19 – The Lord is Longsuffering

1 Peter 4:12 – 4:19
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

-Suffering exists due to man’s rebellion and the curse.  God could end the all of it by returning and setting up His kingdom, but that would cut short the chances of many to be saved.  God allows evil and ungodliness to continue because He “is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  In the time that God continues to show forth mercy, suffering will continue. But, if we want the Lord’s will to be done, we should suffer gladly just as His Son chose to suffer; not for His sake, but for the sake of others.  “Knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5)  Be mindful never to mistake God’s longsuffering for slackness, just as Peter warns, for the day is drawing near that God will return in power and glory and end the pain and tears of His own while sending those who rejected Jesus into eternal torment.

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