In today’s reading, Peter urged Christians not to think that God isn’t faithful when things do not go our way, as glory is always around the corner and also to count ourselves fortunate when abused for the sake of Christ?, it is the Spirit of God and his glory that brought us to the notice of others. He urged Christians to be proud of the distinguished status reflected in the name Jesus, and to always trust God.
Concerning leaders in the church, he urged them to take care of the flock? with all the diligence of a shepherd, not because you have to, but to please God, not being bossy but tenderly showing the way, for God opposes the proud, but shows favour to the humble. As Christians, we should cast all our anxiety upon Jesus for He cares, the devil prowls around looking for who to devour, but we can resist him by standing firm in faith. The God of all grace will make us strong, firm and steadfast.
?As Christians, we sometimes face persecution but we must be courageous. Concerning our wants, even though we don’t always get it, it doesn’t mean God doesn’t care rather let’s see it as Him preparing something even better. Concerning leading, we should always lead those placed in our care with humility without any hint of pride stemming from our position, as the lives and well-being of the flock is very important to God. The devil will always try to shake us, but the bible urges us to stand firm in faith, this way, we resist the devil.
I stand firm in Christ Jesus!
Reading – 1 Peter 4:12- 5:14
Suffering for Being a Christian
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
To the Elders and the Flock
5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain,but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[b]
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas,[c] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.