Bible Passage:1 Peter 4:15-17
By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
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He would say: You have heard how you are going to suffer and how to conduct yourselves under it, but beware that it does not come upon you because you have deserved it on account of your evil deeds, but for Christ's sake. Now, St. Peter says: But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed; but in that name let him glorify God. Here he makes the suffering and anguish all the more welcome because it is a great thing, inasmuch as we praise God through it, and because we are not worthy of it. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? He says: The time has come, as the prophets have foretold, when judgment must begin with us. When the Gospel is preached, God arrests and punishes sin. The pious He gently strokes, and first of all uses the rod of kind corrections; but what then will be done with those who do not believe? It is as though he had said: If He proceeds with such severity toward His own children, you may infer what must be the punishment of those who do not believe.
The will of God shall be my pleasure,
While here on earth is mine abode;
My will is wrong beyond all measure,
It doth not will what pleaseth God.
The Christian's maxim e'er must be:
What pleases God, that pleases me.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
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