Bible Passage:1 Peter 4:18
AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
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This passage is taken from the book of Proverbs, 11:31: "If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner!" The same thing is being said here by St. Peter. The righteous can hardly be saved, and only barely escapes. The righteous is the one who believes, yet in his faith even he has trouble and has to work at it to persevere and be saved, for he must pass through the fire. Where then will that one be found who has no faith? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. That is, those to whom God appoints suffering, which they have not themselves invited, should commit their souls to His charge. They should continue in doing what is right, not fall away because of suffering, but commit themselves to their Creator, who is faithful. This is, indeed, a great consolation. God created your soul without your attention or cooperation, while as yet you were not; just so, He also able to preserve it. Therefore commit yourself to Him, and do it in such a way that it be joined with good works.
Oft in sorrow, oft in woe,
Onward, Christians, onward go;
Bear the toil, maintain the strife,
Strengthened with the Bread of Life.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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