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There is shame in suffering as a criminal, but glory in suffering as a Christian.

BibleGateway: 1 Peter 4:12-19

ESV Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:33 and ends at about 2:50

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     12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 445:
Am I a Soldier of the Cross

— Organ Audio

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1. Am I a solder of the Cross, 
A foll’wer of the Lamb, 
And shall I fear to own 
His cause Or blush to speak His name? 

2. Must I be carried to the skies 
On flow’ry beds of ease 
While others fought to win the prize 
And sailed thro’ bloody seas? 

3. Are there no foes for me to face? 
Must I not stem the flood? 
Is this vile world a friend to grace 
To help me on to God? 

4. Sure I must fight if I would reign; 
Increase my courage, Lord! 
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, 
Supported by Thy Word. 

5. Thy saints in all this glorious war 
Shall conquer though they die; 
They see the triumph from afar 
With faith’s discerning eye. 

6. When that illustrious Day shall rise 
And all Thine armies shine 
In robes of victory through the skies, 
The glory shall be Thine.