Baptist Church in Waterbury Connecticut

Rejoicing In Times of Suffering – 1 Peter 4:12-19

First Peter is the handbook for Christian persecution and martyrdom.  It explains how one can rejoice in the midst of hardship and have peace.  Today’s text, in fact, commands us to rejoice and gives six reasons why we should be and can be joyful, even when we are experiencing suffering. He is not giving us a little piece of advice about the power of positive thinking.  What Peter is giving is utterly radical, abnormal, and a supernatural way to respond to suffering. It is not to be done in our power.  It is not for the sake of our honor. It is the way spiritual aliens and exiles live on the earth for the glory of the great King.  We are to “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” – James 1:2.