1 Peter 4-5~ Day 105~ I better get to practicing!

Have you noticed all the talk of suffering in our reading?  Today, it really stood out to me, but it's not the first time we have been warned!
  • Jesus starts the warning with, ""Blessed are those who are persecuted, because of righteousness.." (Matt. 5:10).  
  • In his letter to Timothy, Paul warned, "Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." (2 Timothy 3:12). 
  • James says we are to "consider it all joy when we experience trials of many kinds." (1:2) 
  • And, today, Peter says, "But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed." (3:13), and "Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourself also with the same understanding." (4:1)
That last verse was key for me!  We have been warned over and over that we will be persecuted just for being a Christian, and this last verse gives a directive- "arm yourself"!  Be prepared! Don't be surprised when you are treated poorly as you stand for Christ (4:12).  As a matter of fact, expect it!  

Have a game plan.  Pre-think how you will respond. Practice your response.  Be"ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you." (3:15) Peter uses an imperative that implies, "Do it now without delay!"  Don't wait for the day you will be persecuted and then scramble for an answer......practice now!  

I know you are already doing that, because you are reading your Bible daily, but don't you think todays' reading was a great reminder?!  I think I need to go practice my response right now! 

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