The book of 1 Peter has several backwards commands for us. The gospel reverses our suffering; turning it from a moment of shame and pain into an opportunity for rejoicing. When we suffer unjustly, we share uniquely in the unjust sufferings of Christ.
20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:20
Not only do we share with Christ’s suffering, God actually turns that suffering into a blessing.
Even the everyday, routine ridicule Christians endure at the hands of secularists and even in the media, we are still blessed.
14 If you are insulted ï»¿for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
Take heart, God sees us and suffers with us.