BCL Grow: Suffering Like Christ — 1 Peter 2:21
1 Peter 2:21 — (Perseverance)
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. — 1 Peter 2:21
“Christ never promises that you shall get to heaven without these [sufferings]. He has promised that all who come to Him shall have all things pertaining to life and godliness, but He has never promised that He will make them prosperous, or rich, or healty, and that death and sorrow shall never come to their family.” — J. C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, p. 213-14.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Even though some people may try to teach that coming to faith in Christ Jesus leads to a better life, God’s word no where teaches it. On the other hand, as Christ suffered, so those who are his will also suffer in this life. Christ’s example in the face of suffering teaches us how we should respond—with faith in God in spite of pain, difficulty, and even death.
2. Know: Suffering produces steadfastness, a more sure and persevering faith. Knowing that we will suffer in this life does not minimize its painfulness, but be assured that Christ Jesus knows your suffering and strengthens you and sustains you. God grants wisdom to know how to deal with the difficulties of this life—ask of him and he will guide and help you. (For example, see James 1.)
3. Trust: God will strengthen you during times of suffering. Remain faithful to Christ Jesus in the face of loss, and cry out to God for help. Believe that Christ’s power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). He is our rock and our redeemer, especially in times of suffering.
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