Peter encouraged believers who suffer according to God’s will to entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.
Christians who suffer for following Jesus should not be ashamed, but should glorify God by bearing that name—Christian.
People who experience suffering may be tempted to yield to their pain. Instead of following Christ’s pattern, they sometimes express anguish in sinful ways. Hurting people may fail to recognize that they are causing themselves more pain as they come under God’s chastening hand. Because all people face God’s judgment, we should live in a way that honors Him, even during difficult [...]
We can live joyously even as we anticipate suffering for Christ’s sake because we do not face opposition alone. Christ sent His Holy Spirit to live within each believer.
The term rejoice is an action verb. As Christians, we can decide to rejoice that we are allowed to share in Christ’s suffering.
Because Jesus suffered, we should not be surprised when we are persecuted.
God is glorified through Jesus Christ. God is glorified in everything. Every believer, whether experiencing suffering or success, should live and speak in such a way as to glorify our Lord.
Spiritual gifts are not for self-promotion but exist to enable each Christian to minister to others in the church.
Peter encouraged the believers to maintain an intense love for each other.
If our belief in prayer does not drive us to our knees with urgency, perhaps we are not earnest about either the need or the power of prayer.
No one can escape. Everyone will give an account for the deeds of his or her life, whether good or evil.
Unlike people who suffer for doing what is right, whoever continues in unabated sinful behavior will give an account to God. Peter made several important points about the Lord in His role as judge. 1 Peter 4:1-6 Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding —because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin [...]
Unbelievers think Christians are strange because they do not engage in the same kind of wickedness that they do.
Wicked activities follow evil desires.
The fleshly nature, representing the physical lusts (unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry), can dominate a person’s life.