- Pastor Larry McCarthy Jr
- Hope Changes Everything
- A New Calling - 1 Peter 5:8-14
- 10:00 a.m.
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Does it seem like human suffering is, and will always remain, a mystery? Is it all the result of sin? 1 Peter has much to say on this subject. Today we will explore the spiritual significance of suffering—including God’s view, purposes, and role in our suffering—in a positive and redemptive perspective.
Following Jesus’ example means living good lives before the world. When people unjustly inflict suffering on us, we endure it well, so that others might be drawn into a relationship with our Lord. Our suffering should point them to Jesus’ suffering, which He endured for their redemption. This is especially true when the difficulties come from someone close to us.
As “sojourners and exiles” (2:11), God’s people are to keep their conduct honorable so that God will be glorified. Perhaps the most difficult time to do this is when experiencing unjust suffering. But there is hope in such difficult circumstances when we obey God and follow Jesus’ example.