We need to look to see if there is anything between us and the Saviour to see not just the big sins, but anything that would hinder our relationship with Him. Or, we may even fall into the trap of comparing our smaller sins with someone else’s larger sins.
2 Peter 3:17, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked.”
Being aware of these things, and knowing the results that may follow, we should read the Bible with the feeling that it is possible for us to fall back into sin because of this trial.
“Fall from your own stedfastness.” The danger referred to is not that of falling from grace, or our faith, but from the firm and settled principles of truth into error.
MAKE SURE THAT THE END RESULT IS TO GLORIFY GOD IN THE TRIAL VERSE 16.
“On this behalf means,” literally “by this name, Christian.”
Read carefully in Barnes Notes: “He is not to be ashamed to be called a Christian; he is not to be ashamed of the doctrines taught by his faith; he is not to be ashamed of the Saviour whom he professes to love; he is not to be ashamed of the society and fellowship of those who are true Christians, poor and despised though they may be; he is not to be ashamed to perform any of the duties demanded by his faith; he is not to be ashamed to have his name cast out, and himself subjected to reproach and scorn. A man should be ashamed only of that which is wrong. He should glory in that which is right, whatever may be the consequences to himself. Let him praise God that he is deemed not unworthy to suffer in such a cause.”
It is a matter of thankfulness for the trial as well as the triumph through Christ.
This will give evidence to the lost that we true Christians. This is one of the two times (Acts 11:26) “Christian” is used, that is “follower of Christ,” or “Christ’s people.”
That there may be a desire to glorify and be thankful to God for the trial and bring honor to the sufferings and sacrifices of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.