Re:Verse passage – 1 Peter 4:12-19 (day seven)
Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler. vs 15
Just because you are a Christian and are suffering does not automatically qualify that you are suffering for Christ. Peter was quick to diagnose our natural thought process here and tell us that sometimes our suffering is self imposed. There are consequences for our actions. Christians are quick to claim that they must be suffering for Christ if they endure any type of hardship. Although we as Christians have the Holy Spirit within us and are to be walking with the Lord, we are not impervious to mistakes. Human responsibility is the reason we have free will. Sometimes our choices, even if not sinful, lead us into suffering. That does not mean that we are suffering for the Lord.