1 Peter 4:1,2 - Suffering and Sin.
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Whoever suffers physically is no longer involved with sin.
1 Pet 4:1 (TEV)
Whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] has done with
[intentional] sin -
1 Pet 4:1 (EAV)
He who is willing to suffer for Christ shows that he has turned his back on
1 Pet 4:1 (CWB)
"He who in baptism has shared the sufferings and the death of Christ, is
risen to such newness of life with him that sin has no more dominion over
him" (Rom 6:14). . . . When that has happened, a man has said good-bye to
his former way of life. The rule of pleasure, pride and passion is gone, and
the rule of God has begun. [Barclay Commentary]
The one who has identified with Christ's redemptive suffering is no longer
responding to the lusts of the flesh, but to the will of God. [New Bible
True Christians make the will of God, not their own lust or desires, the
rule of their lives and actions. [Matthew Henry Commentary]
The life of one who has "ceased from sin" follows a new course altogether.
His will is subject to the will of God as the compass is to the magnetic
pole. He walks, "not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:1). [SDA
Some people will do anything to avoid pain. As followers of Christ, however,
we should be willing and prepared to do God's will and to suffer for it if
necessary. Sin loses its power to defeat us in our suffering if we focus on
Christ and what he wants us to do. When our bodies are in pain or our lives
are in jeopardy, our real values show up clearly, and sinful pleasures seem
less important. If anyone suffers for doing good and still faithfully obeys
in spite of suffering, that person has made a clean break with sin. [Life
I urge you in your suffering to stay your soul upon God. The Lord will be
your help, your strength, your comfort. Then look to Him and trust in Him.
We must receive our consolation from Christ. Learn in His school His
meekness and lowliness of heart. Let every word you speak show that you
recognize the goodness, the mercy, and the love of God. Be determined to be
a comfort and a blessing to all in the home. Create a sweet, pure, heavenly
Open the windows of the soul heavenward, and let the light of the Sun of
Righteousness in. Do not complain. Do not mourn and weep. Do not look on the
dark side. Let the peace of God reign in your soul. Then you will have
strength to bear all your sufferings, and you will rejoice that you have
grace to endure. Praise the Lord; talk of His goodness; tell of His power.
Sweeten the atmosphere which surrounds your soul. 2SM266