Responding to Suffering
1 Peter 4:19
The Upward Look
© Copyright 2015, Max D. Hutto,
“Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” 1 Peter 4:19 NASB
In summary Peter describes how believers need to respond to their suffering. These believers were suffering persecution simply because they were followers of Jesus Christ. First, the believers must continue to trust God. The word “entrust” is a banking term that describes depositing one’s money with another person for a guaranteed safe keeping. “Creator” describes God’s power and sovereign authority to rule. The believers could be assured of God’s faithful watch care over them. Second, the believers must continue doing what is good and right. Even when wronged and harassed by others, the believers were to do right, be kind, and show God’s love. They must continue to obey God’s Word and follow His commands.
Lord Jesus, help me to be kind and compassionate to those who are tormenting and troubling me. I trust You will guide me through whatever I may face this day.
February 13, 2015
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