Wednesday, March 17, 2010

1 Peter and Suffering Well in Perseverance

As I study 1 Peter for tonight's Bible study, I was struck by the following passage near the end. This is a wonderful summary of this wonderful Epistle:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while,the God of all grace , who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen. -1 Peter 5:6-11 (NASB)

I especially love the conclusion. When we persevere through our suffering, Christ "will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish" us.

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