Friday, June 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Suffer Only For Righteousness







Thursday June 15



Bible Reading:     1 Pet. 4: 12 - 19

Topic:         Suffer Only For Righteousness



The text today takes us into the very important subject of suffering for Christ after we have become Christians.



Apostle Peter discusses two kinds of suffering here:


1.      Suffering that is a trial of our faith - that is training us in god's spirituality, suffering for righteousness or being a Christian (v 14)

2.      Suffering for being a wrong doer (v 15)



Apostle Peter admonished that when a Christian suffers for being a Christian, he should count it great joy or be glad for this makes him a partner with Christ in suffering (v 13). It is a testimony to the life of Christ in him, and an earnest guarantee of the joy and glory reserved for him to share at the second coming of Christ.



Now, suffering according to the Will of God will mean training for promotion, upliftment and a closer walk with God.



If you are not suffering for the sin you have committed but for obeying God (v 14), you can be sure God's Spirit of glory is in you.



Suffering for Christ should be counted as a priviledge the Christian has. It is a means to purify and prepare him/her for a glorious future and eternity



Prayer

God, prepare me a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, with thanksgiving as I have my fair share of suffering for Christ's Sake, Amen.



Memory Verse             1 Pet. 4: 17

"For the time has come that judgment must begin in the House of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?."



Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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