1 Peter 2:21-24 NASB
"For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin , nor was any deceit found in H is mouth ; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."
You were called for this purpose. This.
For what? I asked my son as he was working on memorizing this particular Scripture this week. I asked, what is the "this"? The answer is in the "also". Christ ALSO suffered, you were called to this, to suffer... because He did. For you.
The example we follow, the perfect one, the one who did nothing to deserve what He suffered. I often think of suffering in the watered down sense that we as western society think of it. Ridicule. Bullying.
How about those 33 souls that are being condemned to die in North Korea... for following his example? Am I willing, listening to this purpose to which I am called? Oh to be found so faithful! Tonight I join the throngs who are praying.
We pray for a miracle.
We pray for their families.
We pray for the hidden church in North Korea.
We pray for the persecuted church.
We pray for the courage to follow the example. His steps.
"...so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."
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