Vs. 1, “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.” Peter has already addressed everyday suffering, but now he tells of specific persecution & suffering to come. We are reminded that when we suffer it really is a road to purification (Vs. 1-6) But another real plus to suffering that it most definitely will unite a church who seeks to do His will (Vs. 7-11). But the greatest factor of suffering is the fact that when we suffer, Christ is glorified. Christ is Glorified = We suffer. We suffer = Christ is glorified. This should be a stark lesson on why we should never complain when we suffer.
Regarding application…Loving Covers Sins. Vs. 8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” What a wonderful verse! This is one of my favorite reminders about love in the Bible! Fact #1 – No one is righteous…in other words…no one is ever going to be perfect. Everyone is going to hurt you at some point in your life. Fact #2 – We are to love with the love of Christ. Not our own ability to love, but to love through the eyes & heart of Christ. Love still loves no matter what. If this were truly practiced…there should never ever be a divorce between believers. If this were to happen…people would stop holding grudges and sins against each other.
Show me a church where there is love, and I will show you a church that is a power in the community. In Chicago a few years ago a little boy attended a Sunday school program. When his parents moved to another part of the city the little fellow still attended the same Sunday school, although it meant a long, tiresome walk each way. A friend asked him why he went so far, and told him that there were plenty of others just as good nearer his home.
“They may be as good for others, but not for me,” was his reply.
“Why not?” she asked.
“Because they love really love me over there,” he replied.