Suffer According to the Will of God

I Peter 4:18-19.

And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

If I may take the liberty of paraphrasing: “If it is difficult for the righteous to be saved, then how much more difficult for those who deny Jesus Christ!”

The thing is, no one is without sin. The best person you know struggles with sin in his life, and must stand before God on Judgment Day. If a righteous man could be saved by his own righteousness, then Jesus didn’t have to die! We would all be under the burden of conquering our own sin nature and living righteously before God. Religion becomes legalistic when salvation depends upon each person’s ability to follow all the rules, obey all the principles; and to do so ALL the time!

Verse 19 tells us that even if God allows suffering in our lives, we are to endure it as the will of God. And those who are believers can take comfort in the knowledge that our suffering here on earth will be over the instant our souls are in heaven with the Father. An unsaved person may not suffer persecution here on earth, but his suffering surely begins at the moment of death as he enters the realms of hell. Far better to suffer briefly here on earth when we know that heaven is our home!

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