If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

– 1 Peter 4:15-16 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

There are some people who teach that Christians should not suffer, but the Bible is filled with examples that would contradict that teaching. Suffering is a part of this broken world, but there are some distinctions. To break the law and get caught is not being persecuted for righteousness sake! Instead, we are to suffer for doing the right things; for going the extra mile. Don’t look for the easy way out, but look for ways to glorify Jesus. Our challenge should be how to bear that name well.

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