Read 1 Peter 4:12-16 again.
THREE LESSONS for the Christian in this short text:
The Lord does not mean to bring us harm or discouragement through the trial, but always to purge us of our impurities and make us holy.
- Although our trial may be painful, it does bring honor to God with true spiritual glory. The godly are not given trials for their evil doings, but for righteousness sake as Christians.
- It important to understand that trials come to all Christians at some time: some may come from within, others from without; some from family or friends, others may come from our enemies.
- I must say that sometimes our reaction to these trials is no different than the reactions of those who are lost. God has given us at least two ways of handling these trials:
MAKE SURE THERE IS NO EVIL IN YOUR LIFE VERSE 15.
If you are called upon to suffer, make sure that it is not for evil. These Christians were to be careful that their sufferings were brought upon them as a consequence of their faith, and not because any evil could be laid to their charge.
“As an evil doer.” As a wicked man; or as guilty of any kind of injustice and wrong towards others.
“Or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” The Greek word used here occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means to try to be an inspector of the things of others. Or one who busies himself with what does not concern him; that is, one who pries into the affairs of another; one who attempts to control or direct them as if they were his own. Even Christians can be guilty of these sins.
2 Peter 3:14, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”
That is, “He who is so soon to come to an end of all weary toil, should be willing to labour diligently and faithfully while life lasts, he who is so soon to be relieved from all temptation and trial, should be willing to bear a little longer the sorrows of the present world. What are all these compared with the glory that awaits us?” Barnes Notes
“That ye may be found of him in peace.” Found by him when He returns in such a state as to secure your eternal peace.
“Without spot, and blameless.” We should make a real effort to confess and remove the least stain of sin and pollution from our souls. In other words, we need to have a deep feeling that one day we are going to stand in the very presence of a holy God, our final Judge, and this ought to help our influence and in making us pure.
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!