How are you using your freedom?
Today, some Christians live in freedom while others live with strict laws, where they cannot pray or even have a Bible in their home without the risk of going to prison. God has made the government to help keep peace and order but not to restrict our freedom when it comes to faith. So if we are to be persecuted, it should be for obeying God and not breaking moral or civil laws. Peter encourages loyalty and perseverance even in the face of unjust treatments. This shows God shining through us by our good example.
We may suffer for many reasons, some suffering is the direct result of our own sin; some happens because of our foolishness; and some is the result of living in a fallen world. Peter is writing about the suffering that comes from when we do good. Christ never sinned and yet he suffered so that we could be set free. Peter learnt about suffering from Jesus. He knew that suffering was all part of God’s plan and was intended to help us. He also knew that to follow Jesus we must be prepared to suffer. Peter leaned these truths from Jesus and that he was to pass them on to us. We should aim to face suffering just as Jesus did. With patience, calmness and confidence that God is in control of the situation
Christ died for our sins, in our place, so we would not have to suffer the punishment that we may deserve.
Thank you for sending us Jesus so that we can be free. Help us to know when we do wrong and help others to also be freed through Jesus.
Use your freedom to help others and free them. Show anyone that doesn’t yet know Jesus, what He is about and discuss the different miracle he has done.