Don't Confuse Persecution With Consequences

Don't Confuse Persecution With Consequences - 1 Peter 3:17

People often confuse consequences and persecution.

1 Peter 3:17 says, “it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 

That means:

1. When we share Biblical truths in a rude manner and offend people, we're not being persecuted for the Gospel. The problem is our method, not our message.

2. When we're doing something sinful and another Christian corrects us, we're not being unfairly judged. We're refusing correction.

3. When others return our selfishness or inconsideration, we're not going through a trial. We're reaping what we've sown.

Scripture teaches:
1. Boldness with grace.
Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 3:15

2. Gentle warnings and humble acceptance of correction.
2 Timothy 2:25; Galatians 6:1; Proverbs 19:20,25,27

3. Consideration and self-denial.
Philippians 2:3-4

It's very easy to create our own problems and blame them on something or someone besides ourselves. 

Our love for Christ compels us to accept responsibility and repent.

See: 4 Things that Happen When We Fail to Repent

Don't Confuse Persecution With Consequences - 1 Peter 3:17

1 comment:

  1. This is excellent. Thank you for this biblical clarification. (Tweeting to my followers.)

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