1 Peter 4
1 Peter 4:2
We reckon the sufferings and death of Jesus to be ours. We cannot, therefore, love the sin for which such sufferings were endured. We have, in Jesus, been put to death for sin, and henceforth we are dead to it.
1 Peter 4:3-5
Regeneration makes a marvellous change in men, and it generally happens that the ungodly see it, and at once begin to persecute the convert. Have we been converted? If so, we may expect opposition, but we need not be afraid of it, for the Lord is on our side.
1 Peter 4:6
Our departed brethren heard the gospel to this end, that, though condemned to die by their cruel persecutors, they might win the immortal crown, and glorify God as his witnesses.
1 Peter 4:8
Of love, the Christian poet sings
“‘Tis gentle, delicate, and kind
To faults compassionate or blind.”
1 Peter 4:11
trying to follow both the sense and spirit of the inspired Scripture
1 Peter 4:11
if any man minister or render service
1 Peter 4:13
By such exhortations as these the heroes of the cross were trained to endurance, so that they defied death, and torments worse than death. Have we any of their brave spirit?
1 Peter 4:14-18
A solemn question! Answer it, each one of you, if you are still unsaved. Where will you appear? Oh, be wise, and fly to Jesus; enlist beneath his banner, cost you what it may. May the Lord lead you to do so.
Press forward and fear not! though trial be near:
The Lord is our refuge—whom then shall we fear?
His staff is our comfort, our safeguard his rod;
Then let us be steadfast and trust in our God.
Press forward and fear not! we’ll speed on our way;
Why should we e’er shrink from our path in dismay?
We tread but the way which our Leader has trod;
Then let us press forward and trust in our God.