Message of the Day: Christians Are Ready To Suffer For Doing Good!
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit…” (1 Peter 3:18, NKJV)
Peter, like Paul in Philippians 2:5-11, refers to Jesus as an example of the type of conduct that should characterize the Christian. We are to be ready to suffer for doing good.
Persecution cannot really harm those who are eager to please God, because with such people persecution always results in greater spiritual blessing. Because they love what is right they maybe persecuted by those who love what is wrong, but to suffer for such a reason is a cause for joy, not sorrow. If people are devoted to Christ and are always ready to give others an explanation for their devotion, they will not fear their persecutors. They should also try to avoid all forms of wrongdoing. Perhaps their enemies will see that they are persecuting without cause, and so feel ashamed of themselves.
As Peter thinks about those who suffer for doing good, he is reminded of the perfect example, Jesus Christ. The one who was perfect died for sinners to bring them to God. In his body he suffered the penalty for their sins – death. But he triumphed over death. His spirit, instead of being bound by those forces that lead to eternal condemnation, entered into fuller life. He then went to the place where evil spirts are imprisoned awaiting final judgment and announced his victory.
By Christ’s example in his sufferings, and by his triumph, we are encouraged to bear with patience the sorrows to which our faith exposed us. We are to assume that all suffering for adhering to the gospel is the result of well-doing; and for an encouragement in our trials, we refer to the example of Christ.
It is through the death of Christ that mercy is proclaimed to us who were guilty; it is by that alone that God can be reconciled to people; and the fact that the son of God loved people, and gave himself a sacrifice for them, enduring such bitter sorrows, is the most powerful appeal which can be made to mankind to induce them to return to God. There is no appeal which can be made to us more powerful than one drawn from the fact that another suffers on our account.
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