Suffering as a Christian
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
but rejoice n to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that o when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, p blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, q but on your part He is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters.
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
For the time has come r for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, s what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
t "If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God u commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.
2 Timothy 2:12
If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.
But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.
If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, How much more the ungodly and the sinner.
Psalms 37:5 - 7
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
2 Timothy 1:12
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.