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Suffer for the will of God #1102

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. (1 Peter 4:1–2, NKJV)

Christ suffered for us; “the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Pet. 3:18). His suffering in the flesh compels Christians to equip ourselves with His mind or attitude; the decision to do good and, if need be, “to suffer for doing good” (1 Pet. 3:17; 4:1). Contrary to the “health and wealth gospel” taught by false teachers, being a Christian does not free one from suffering. The devoted Christian accepts a life of suffering for doing the will of God. In verse two, Peter says such suffering includes no longer living to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Our devotion is to the will of God. Even when your former companions in sin think you are odd, and speak evil of you for no longer joining them in sin, remember that you have “ceased from sin” and cannot continue to practice it (1 Pet. 4:3-4, 1). Peer pressure is powerful, but we must see it for what it is; the attempt of sinful people to draw us into sinning along with them. Resist. Suffer (when it comes to that). Live for the will of God. Do not live for the lusts of men.

They Think it Strange #634

In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. (1 Peter 4:4–6, NKJV)

Those who are dead in their sins do not understand why someone would become a Christian and no longer join them in sin. The moral behavior of the Christian exposes their immorality. The unconverted react by trying to marginalize Christians by slander, lies and other malicious means. They intend to neutralize your godly influence. Do not succumb to their pressure! First, remember they will answer to God one day. God will right every wrong they do against you. Second, remember the very reason the gospel is preached is to save those who malign you. If you give in to their pressure and compromise your faith, you damage your influence for good and work against the purpose of the gospel. You cannot help save sinners by going back to sinning with them. Live so that others see your good works and glorify God. Do not yield to the peer pressure of sinners. Yielding is sin.