For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: (1 Peter 4:3)

Leslie M John

“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, reveling, banqueting, and abominable idolatries” (1 Peter 4:3)

Suffering controls man and his attitude.  Not everyone, who suffers pain, would think of committing sin again.  The suffering in most cases is because of indulging in sin. The man, who commits sin suffers pain, and diseases, in most cases with serious diseases.  Not only he would pay penalty in his body, but he would spend much of his time seeing doctors, and in some cases paying alimony.

However, there are two different kinds of suffering a man could face in his life. One, is choosing to live in debauchery, revelry, partying, etc. The revelry and partying may appear to be pleasant and happy in most cases, but in the long run, they are harmful financially, mentally and physically. Any behavior, which exceeds moderate limits is harmful.

Simon Peter, the disciple of Jesus Christ advises us to arm ourselves with spiritual warfare just as Lord Jesus Christ armed Himself, and suffered for our sake.  Lord Jesus Christ, who was sinless, made Himself to be sin for us taking upon Himself our sin in order to provide us the way for salvation (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:21). However, man is saved only if he confesses his sin to Him and requests for forgiveness, in addition to accepting Jesus as Lord and by believing in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.

While choosing to live for God man needs to transform to adhere to the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, and be cross-bearer for the sake of our Lord.  Bible says one may persecute a believer in Christ, and may even kill him, but in doing so, one would be able to put an end to the physical body of the believer, and never the soul of the believer.

The word of God says to fear the Lord, who has the authority not only to kill the body but the soul as well, and such a one is none other than the Lord Himself.  One, who chooses live a life of lewd and vulgar life, is like pigs living in cesspool. They find happiness in the cesspool, and would invite others also to enjoy dirt in the cesspool. The believer in Christ should never yield to the temptation of Satan, who would mold a sinner to drown in the dirty cesspool of sin, and lead him to be cast into ‘lake of fire’ along with him.  It is a place where there is no end of gnashing of teeth, and the thirst that never quenches.

A man, who suffers in body ceases committing sin, because he cannot bear the pain, and in his pain, he would call God to help him out of suffering. The consequences of committing sin are great and the suffering that follows the sin would be so intense in man hat he would not live any longer in lusts of men, but to the will of God. Bible admonishes us not to live the way worldly people do, and avoid walking in lewd, vulgar behavior, drinking excess of wine, indulging in revelry, banqueting, and abominable idolatry.

A born-again believer in Christ would face ridicule from the group of worldly people, when he withdraws from them, who indulged in worldly activities, and may even has to suffer when they speak evil against him. However, the Word of God encourages believer that they, who despise him will face one day the Lord, who judges the quick and the dead.  This is the reason why the Gospel is preached to everyone in order that they may accept Jesus as their personal savior, but if they reject Him as their personal savior, they are responsible for their rejection of salvation, and therefore, they will be judged according to their deeds in flesh.  There is everlasting life and to live in the spirit for all those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

1 Peter 4:6 is often misinterpreted that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to the dead and a second chance is given to them to be saved; nay, it does not say so. It says that Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached already to all those who are dead now, and all those who had accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior before their death are saved and will rise from the dead in spirit with glorified bodies to be with the Lord forever and ever. (cf. 1 Thess. 4:16-17)

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

The Bible shows in 1 Peter 4:1-6 five important points to follow.

  1. Correct thinking in order to lead a correct living
  2. Choose suffering in order to live for God
  3. Avoid lustful thoughts
  4. Avoid the desire to retaliate
  5. Embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to lead victorious life.

    Why Does Man Suffer?  WHY DOES MAN SUFFER?
    This book is based on the teachings of the Bible. Among several important teachings, the teaching on suffering is vividly laid out in the New Testament.

    Suffering started in the Garden of Eden, when man transgressed God’s command, and the man and the woman were cast out of the Garden, and lost fellowship with God.

    Man has choice to live for God transforming his old nature and becoming a new creature in the Lord, or choose to live lewd and vulgar life. The consequences of living outside the purview of the teachings of the Bible are very serious.
    Unless man chooses to have right thinking and live a good and pleasing life he would end up in suffering. Suffering may be either of physical, or of mental, but living a sinful life will surely lead to suffering.

    Bible admonishes to rejoice when suffering overtakes us for right reasons. It is such suffering that causes man to come closer to God.

    Because God is love, He sent His one and only Son, Lord Jesus Christ into this world to save mankind from perishing and to reconcile them to the Father. When Man suffers from either pain, loss, or sickness, he will no longer have inclination to sin anymore. Suffering overtakes man’s capacity of sinning.

    Lord Jesus said…
    “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5:10)

    Suffering for the right cause brings blessings, while suffering for wrong reasons brings disaster in life. There is a great difference between suffering for the right cause and suffering for criminal activities. Suffering for illegal causes and feeling sorry over such actions would not absolve one from being punished in this world, or in the world to come.