“Suffering for Good”

On May 21, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 Peter 3:13-22.

In talking about suffering, we’ve all heard people say things like “this is your cross to bear.” But there are different kinds of suffering, and a difference between being a victim and a martyr. When 1 Peter talks about suffering for doing good, it’s talking specifically about suffering for living a life that honors Christ, not suffering for hitting your thumb with a hammer or obeying someone who is abusing you physically or emotionally. We don’t exactly suffer today in our country for going to church, saying we’re Christian, or even posting “Jesus follower” on our social media. So are the words in 1 Peter that speak of living in times of actual persecution relevant for us today? Maybe the answer lies in what it means to truly live lives that honor Christ today.