by Robert Brock
Suffering for Righteousness Sake
“For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:17, 18.
God never intended Christians be the doormat where the world would grind its feet. “The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the LORD GOD of hosts” (Isaiah 3:14, 15).
The people who persecuted the early Christians are weeping in hell. But, those Christians faithful unto death are now at “rest from their labours” (Revelation 14:13).
Peter teaches us not to be afraid of persecutors who feed their warped egos on persecuting Christians. We would be wise to fear God and let Him get revenge for us.
THOUGHT: Persecution for a Christian is usually
a badge that shows he is doing something right. “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted) above that you are able” (1 Corinthians 10:13).