Within Western culture, I often wonder when the church will experience true suffering for Christ?
Today, I’m taking a look at 1 Peter 4. The last half of this passage focuses specifically on suffering for being a Christian. In the Western world, we may be scoffed at for commitments we make surrounding Christ, like not using bad language or choosing not to over-consume alcohol.
That’s not really suffering though, is it? Not that I want to suffer in any way, shape or form. But at some point, the church in our modern society, will finally be turned into something that is not accepted. What will happen then?
On the other hand, I can’t help but to think of how our church may be spurred on spiritually if we do experience some true suffering. Verse 12 in 1 Peter 4 reads, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering…” I am quite sure that we would be very surprised!
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.