1 Peter: Suffering Precedes Glory (part six)
Peter wrote this letter to Christians who were mistreated by unbelievers simply because they were followers of Christ. Peter reminded them that love should define their relationships within the Christian community. But surrendering our wills should define our relationships with people outside of the Christian community. Suffering includes submitting our will to those who mistreat us. Peter summarizes our role this way: do good, suffer unjustly, and endure mistreatment. Not a popular message. Sometimes it may feel like God is the only one on our side. Is that enough for you? "For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer."