1 Peter by James Rochford (2021)

How Does God Help When it Hurts?

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James Rochford

1 Peter 4:12-19


The Bible warns us that suffering in this world is inevitable. The question is will you suffer as the world suffers, with surprise and complaining or will you suffer with joy and gratitude that you have received mercy instead of justice? Why is gratitude the right response to suffering? Gratitude gives us a "mental break" and places suffering in the correct context. Gratitude also reminds us we are not imprisoned victims of our circumstances. The real question is do you believe God is trustworthy or not?


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  • Discipline
  • Joy
  • Judgment
  • Justice
  • Mercy (Compassion)
  • Suffering/Pain
  • Gratitude/Thanksgiving