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Read 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11


Read 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

12 My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. 13Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed. 14Happy are you if you are insulted because you are Christ’s followers; this means that the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. 7Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.
8 Be alert, be on the watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that your fellow-believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. 10But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. 11To him be the power for ever! Amen.


Verse 12 - "Do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering..." is not usually something we use to invite people to become Christian.  If you are following Jesus closely - you might find that the narrow paths he chooses and the crosses he invites you to carry are awkward and uncomfortable.  Peter invites us to endure.


Lord help me to hear your quiet voice gently beckoning me along the narrow path.  Teach me to ignore the voice of the evil one who tries to fill me with bitterness and resentment.  I long to draw closer to you.

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