I Peter 4:12-19: Splendid Suffering

When persecution’s fires burn,
Then do not be surprised.
For suffering is good for you,
Instead it should be prized.

Rejoice and sing and jump for joy,
Partaking in Christ’s pain.
So when His splendor is unveiled,
Exceeding joy we gain.

Beloved, know that you are blessed,
When men reproaches raise,
For this in them is blasphemy,
But you to God bring praise.

Let none of you suffer for sin,
No murder, theft or snoop.
And keep each other blameless, too,
Let no one guilt impute.

Unless you suffer for your faith,
Then do not be ashamed,
But praise the Lord for this dread test,
For God will hold no blame.

For judgment starts within the church,
That we are purified,
Then everyone will feel God’s wrath,
Who are not of His bride.

If righteous men are scarcely saved,
How will ungodly stand?
Align yourself, therefore, to Christ,
His will is your command.

And so within your Savior rest,
Though torture claim your life,
For God is faithful to create,
Redeem, rebuild, revive.

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I Peter 3:13-17: Suffering

The evil day will come,
The dawn of persecution.
So how will you endure,
That dreaded institution?

You first must follow good,
The Christ be imitating.
For who would trouble you,
And stop the good you’re making?

And do not heed their threats,
Nor fear what they are fearing.
Through suffering, you’re blessed,
For Christ to you is nearing.

And set apart the Christ,
Within your hearts as holy.
Your God and sovereign Lord.
Acknowledging Him solely.

Be ready to defend,
To everyone the reason,
For always having hope,
Even in adverse seasons.

And keep you conscience good,
According to God’s standard.
And always do what’s right,
Ashaming any slander.

Remember you are blessed!
When people persecute you.
As long as you’re in Christ
His joy will constitute you!

I Peter 1:6-9: Pain That Leads to Joy

The pot of clay must first be burned,
To harden it for use.
The ore with gold must pass through flame,
To burn the dross refuse.

A fruitful tree must first be pruned,
A rose bush must be trimmed,
The grape is squashed to make sweet wine,
Thus suffering will cleanse.

Now, therefore, leap for joy and sing,
For we will suffer, too!
With trials, certain, needful though,
To burn the dross from you.

You’ll see injustice and divorce,
And church-splits no one mends.
Be slighted, tempted, fall, condemned,
And know the death of friends.

Your faith, by this, will be refined,
Through fire, flood, and gale,
This leads to praise and glorious life,
When Christ will be unveiled.

Yet Jesus Christ you have not seen,
But trusting what you heard,
In faith you listened and took heed,
To us who preached God’s Word.

So our hearts swell and burst with joy,
Sublime! Ineffable!
These sorrows lead us to our goal:
Salvation of our souls!