Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,1 as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice2 that you participate in the sufferings of Christ,3 so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.414
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ,5 you are blessed,6 for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.7