|1 Peter 2:20-21 |
20 For what credit is it to you, if, when you suffer for your faults, you take it patiently? But if, when you do well and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable to God.
21 For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, so that you should follow in his steps. [From the Word of the Lord within: "I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You shall suffer persecution when you lead a godly life. Any of you whose sting to bear has been hard, use these facts: all have suffered before you; sin is excoriated; God will remove the burden in time; and the same is experienced by every cleanliness-desired heart in the nations." Paul said, "it is through many trials and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."]