We see throughout the Scriptures a reminder that if a person turns from their sins and trusts in Jesus they will experience suffering. In fact, Peter tells us this shouldn’t surprise us. Christians need to be informed about the expectations and realities of suffering so when they come we’ll
- not be surprised
- lean on the Lord and
- see it as an opportunity to respond graciously to suffering and consequently, point people to Jesus.
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-19; James 1:3-5; 1 John 3:13; John 15:20