People suffer. Christians suffer. Christ suffered for us in His body. Because He did, those who follow, walk in a new life. Peter writes, “arm yourselves with the same mind.” Sin has been dealt with. Therefore, since Christ suffered to free us from sin, consider how it affects our actions, purpose, and priorities.
How does it affect actions? Peter writes, “He who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” Instead of living to fulfill the cravings of the flesh, live for the will of God. Think of all the time spent wasted doing whatever felt good, the things that came to mind no matter the consequence. In fact with this new life, our friends will wonder what is wrong with us because we don’t want to do those things any longer. They will speak evil of us because of it. Don’t worry though because they have to answer to God.
We have received a purpose. Life has taken on new meaning. Everything is coming to a close. Therefore, It is important to be serious and watchful in our prayers, to love one another and be hospitable without complaining. We need to use the gift God has given us and to do everything to glorify God.
Our priorities are now to glorify God. Remember that when we are made fun of or criticized because of the name of Jesus, it means that the Spirit of God, the Spirit of glory is resting on us. We need not be ashamed or try to prevent it, but rather glorify God in it. We commit our souls to Him by doing good deeds. Remember the faithfulness of our loving Father, our Creator. We can trust Him even in these difficult situations.
Therefore, since Christ suffered to free us from sin, consider how it affects our actions, purpose, and priorities.