But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.—1 Peter 4:15
Peter has told us in previous verses that there are lots of good reasons to suffer as a Christian. But now, he lists four reasons never to suffer. Or better, four identities of the person who suffers for the wrong reasons. As a Christian, we should never suffer for acting like a:
- Murderer — intentionally and unlawfully killing another person.
- Theif — willfully taking something that is property of another.
- Evildoer — deliberately causing harm or suffering to others.
- Meddler — arrogantly assuming that you have the right to interfere in the affairs of others.
And before you disqualify yourself from these four identities, read carefully the motivations that lead to the actions. Notice the arrogant thoughts and motivations that result in the four identities.
Today cherish the name, Christian. With this name comes an identity and actions, that will result in suffering but suffering for the right reasons. If you are suffering for doing wrong, then your title will be different.
ASK THIS: Are you suffering rightly?
DO THIS: Bear the title Christian with pride, and suffer rightly.
PRAY THIS: God, take from me my arrogance and every evil intent. May I live like a Christian with great pride.
PLAY THIS: Hillsong. Even When It Hurts.