Suffering for Christ is Normal

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 1 Peter 2:18-20

While these verse were written to slaves, its principle can be applied to those of us who are free. Suffering in the life of a Christian is normal, even if it seems unfair. We shouldn’t be surprised that the world hates us, though we shouldn’t go out of our way to do things that make them hate us. No, the Godly life is a rebuke to this world.

These kinds of ideas and concepts are examples of “other world” thinking. Bearing up unjust suffering is not a normal thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do.

So, no matter who you are and how many people come against you for your religious views, know that you are in good company. Millions of people before you have endured, and so will you. You have God Almighty on your side, so what do you have to fear?

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