1 Peter 4:15-19 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler...
When I was in college, I took an upper level class where a big part of the professor's teaching focused around his views on history and the Bible and what he believed were problems with the Bible. There were at least two people in the class who totally disagreed with the professor, me and a guy whose name I can't remember. Right from the beginning of our classes the guy would stand up for the Bible and challenge the professor. And every time he did, the professor would demean him in front of the class.
So what did I do? Nothing. Oh, I complained privately to my husband, but as I sat in the class, I chose to remain silent because I was afraid and ashamed. And then I regurgitated exactly what the professor wanted to hear on the test so I could get a good grade. :( Yes, I was a Christian, but at that particular point in my life I wasn't reading God's Word, I had stopped attending church and I certainly wasn't seeking God or trying to grow my relationship with Him. As a result, I wasn't prepared, equipped or of the right mindset to stand strong for God and glorify Him.
"Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name" (1 Peter 4:16).
So what's your experience with what we're told in 1 Peter 4:16? When trials come, is your mindset to glorify God? If not, what can you do to change that? Tami
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