1 Peter 4:14-16 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
…when suffering is felicity, not pathos.
Suffering and persecution becomes the lot of every bright and shining light of the provenance of the Kingdom and Lordship of Jesus Christ.
However, we must note strongly that this suffering has a clearly defined context and background. It is not the kind for which Christ has already suffered for us that we should henceforth be free…it is not the kind that is meted out because of our wrong doing…No, dear reader. Not that kind!
It is the kind that comes upon us because of the name of Christ we profess….his ideals and principles we preach…His power and authority we demonstrate! These are the heavenly lights that trigger the accusations from our adversaries and instigate their persecutions of the body of Christ.
But let us always remember: “if ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
And let us always hear the Spirit whisper these words: “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”
“Suffering” ceases to remain pathos but becomes glorious felicity when endured for the cause of the Kingdom and Lordship of Jesus Christ!