Though we may feel sorry for the many Christians that suffer persecution and martyrdom, we should be aware that God is bringing them great joy. In 1 Peter 1:6-8, Peter reminds his people that their pain is necessary in order to test the genuineness of their faith. The result of their test will be revealed when He appears, and then they will receive much praise and honor. But even before He comes, the testing (the painful trials) which comes to them will allow them to taste a bit of glory. It is described in verse eight, literally, as a glorified joy. Oh yes, do not feel too sorry for those who suffer for their faith. God will indeed bring them much joy—a glorified joy.
1 Peter 1:6-8
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials…
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