Sticks and Stones

But if you suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened (1 Peter3:4).

 We are fortunate in our country that our suffering for righteousness usually does not involve physical pain. But the mental anguish that can accompany intimidation or rejection can sometimes be very painful.

Various translations of this verse direct us to not be troubled, disturbed, shaken or upset.

It is hard to imagine calling someone in that situation “blessed.” But how do those physically suffering or how did the martyrs of the past stand firm and uncomplaining? There could be only one answer—God’s grace. He promised that it would be sufficient.

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