Chunk:(text is Young's Literal Translation)
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Peter begins this last major section (4:12-5:11) with one two-part command: Think of suffering, not as something strange, but as a reason for joy (12-13). The standard by which we measure our joy is our participation in the suffering of Christ (13). three attitudes/actions result from obedience to this command.
- Rejoicing in suffering magnifies our rejoicing in Christ's glory when it is revealed (13).
- Rejoicing in suffering results in happiness founded in our rest in the Spirit (14-18).
- Rejoicing in suffering increases our trust in our steadfast Creator and fuels our practice of goodness (19).