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7. We Don't Suffer without Purpose (1 Peter 3:13-22)

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Our suffering is not meaningless. There is purpose to our suffering. We prefer to know specifically why, but sometimes it is nice at least to know that there is a "why." Obviously, if we suffer due to our own sin we're only getting the consequences we've earned. But good deeds can lead to mistreatment by those who are threatened by Christ and His followers. And when we suffer unjustly, doors for the Gospel open up. Our hope despite pain gets the world's attention. And most importantly, God is pleased when Christians suffer well for Jesus. Like Jesus who was exalted after suffering unjustly, so His followers will be rewarded for being mistreated in His name.

Related Topics: Hamartiology (Sin), Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution