1 Peter: Suffering Precedes Glory (part five)
After describing how believers should love one another, Peter now instructs these persecuted Christians in how they should relate to those outside of the church. The groups he describes constitute those who are responsible for the hardships his readers are facing. They are the persecutors. What tactic does Peter prescribe so that persecuted believers can still enjoy their happy freedoms while getting what they deserve in this life? Brace yourself. Peter's radical approach is especially counter-cultural to an American's ears. When you are mistreated by nonbelievers: do good, suffer unjustly, and endure mistreatment.