1 Peter 3:14-15 - Blessed Are Those Who Suffer for Righteousness' Sake
But and if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
– 1 Peter 3:14-15
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
From this verse, I know that bearing the humiliation and pain for our belief in God is suffering for righteousness’ sake, and it is blessed by God. We should strengthen our faith to follow God to the very end, for the path we walk is the way of cross, which leads to the kingdom of heaven, God personally established for us. We all know that, thehas taken the bloody road of all kinds of persecution in order to fulfill God the Father’s commission and save people from their sins.The Lord Jesus said: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Mat 5:10-12). From this passage of the words of the Lord Jesus, we can see that suffering abuse or persecution because of our faith in God is a blessing. If other people concoct all kinds of bad words to slander us, we should not be distressed or doubt God’s way and work because we are persecuted. Instead we should rejoice in being slandered and persecuted because we are blessed and God’s reward is great. Our persecution proves even more so that we believe in the true God and that what we uphold is the true way.
God says, “You must have My courage within you and you must have principles when facing relatives who do not believe. But for My sake, you must also not yield to any of the dark forces. Rely on My wisdom to walk the perfect way; do not allow the conspiracies of Satan to take hold. Put all your efforts into placing your heart before Me and I shall comfort you and give you peace and happiness in your heart. You shall not seek the approval of men; isn’t it more valuable and weighty to satisfy Me? In satisfying Me, won’t you even more have eternal and lifelong peace and happiness? The present suffering signifies how great your future blessings shall be; it is indescribable. You know not how great blessings you shall have, you couldn’t even dream of it. Today they become real, so very real! This is not so far away, can you see it? Every last bit of this is within Me and how bright it is ahead! Wipe away your tears, feel no pain or sorrow, all is held within My hands and My goal is to make you the overcomers soon and to bring you into glory with Me. You shall be grateful and praise for all that befalls you, and that shall satisfy My heart.”
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