Bible Society of South Africa

Easter: Seventh Sunday of Easter

Second reading

Suffering as a Christian

12My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. 13Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed. 14Happy are you if you are insulted because you are Christ's followers; this means that the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

1 Peter 4:12-14GNBOpen in Bible reader

6Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. 7Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.

8Be alert, be on the watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that your fellow-believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. 10But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. 11To him be the power for ever! Amen.

1 Peter 5:6-11GNBOpen in Bible reader
Bible Society of South Africav.4.21.9
Find us on