Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,1 as though something strange were happening to you.
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But rejoice2 that you participate in the sufferings of Christ,3 so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.4
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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.
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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
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For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God;8 and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?9
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And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"10
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So then, those who suffer according to God's will11 should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
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