1 Peter 4:14 • 1 minutes to read
There are two ways we can respond to being insulted for following Christ. The first way is to view it as a negative thing and allow it to hurt us, and our cause for Christ. We can complain and act like a victim. This does not honor God nor does it make much sense. Why would we assume the world would treat Christ-followers any different than it treated Christ himself?
The proper way to respond to insults for following Christ is to rest in the idea that we are following Christ so closely that the world associates us with him. Paul also addressed this in Philippians 3:10, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Here Paul tells us why we are blessed… because identifying in his sufferings causes us to know Christ more intimately, experience his power more fully, which will transform us to become more like him.
ReflectionPonder the blessings that Paul shares when we suffer for Christ’s sake. Weigh the value of those outcomes to the cost of the suffering.
PrayerMay I value intimacy with you and becoming more like you of greater value than suffering with you.