How Does A Christian Deal With The Society’s Pressure? | 1 Peter 4:1-6

1 Peter 4:1-6 | How Does A Christian Deal With The Society’s Pressure?

We one accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior, there is a change in him/her. Now there is a change in priorities, values of a person change, there is a change in his life, speech and attitude. Many times this may not go well with the society and we may face challenges because of this. Then there are other kinds of situations where you are misunderstood or someone is gossiping about you. So we can face injustice and problems in the society. So how does a Christian deal with society’s pressure?

We as believers have a union with Jesus and we share in his victory over evil. We are to arm ourselves with the same attitude that Christ had towards sin, evil and suffering. So focus on your attitude as you face suffering or the society’s pressure. We are to have the same attitude that Jesus had when he faced suffering.

1 Peter 4:1-6

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

4They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

So, how do you face society’s pressure?

1. Have the attitude of Christ.

Remember Jesus suffered, so we can also face suffering in our lives.

What Was The Attitude Of Christ When He Suffered?

1 Peter 2:21-23

21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Jesus suffered but He committed no sin.

When Jesus suffered there was no deceit in His mouth. He did not trick anyone. Jesus did not go out of the way to defend himself. He did not exercise His power over his attackers.

Jesus did not retaliate or threaten back.

He continued to entrust himself to God. Handed over his suffering to his Father.

Peter is exhorting us to commit to the same purpose that Christ had. Christ’s sufferings were evidence of his commitment and his perseverance in suffering would demonstrate that same commitment. A lot of times when we go through sufferings, it will reveal who we are in Jesus. We can be a testimony to those who look at us and we respond with an attitude of grace.

I am not telling that when we go through suffering that we put on a smile and pretend as if nothing is happening. That is not healthy in anyway. I think we need to recognize when we are going through those rough times, those troubled waters or suffering, and we need to face those realities in our life. However, we need to be biblical in responding to those situations

Hope fully in the grace that Christ purchased for us.

Abstain From Sin In Your Suffering

1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

We have ceased from sin in principle by dying to sin in Christ. We have committed ourselves to walk in righteousness. So cease from sin.

1 Peter 5:8-10

8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

So we have the mind or attitude of Christ. It becomes a great armor against Satan and the sins that would destroy our souls.

How Were We Before Coming To Christ?

1 Peter 4:3-4

3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

This was our former life. Now that we have come to Christ, we don’t participate in such a lifestyle. Christian lifestyle can cause your family or society to abuse you. At such times we take on the attitude of Christ and endure suffering.

2. Live For The Will Of God

1 Peter 4:1-3 1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives (New Life in Christ) for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do —living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They are surprised that you do not join them (Separation) in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Human passions contrasted with the will of God. Desires of man in contrast to the will of God.

Live for the will of God. Have your passions conformed to the will of God. There are some passions in us that are not conformed to the will of God, so live your life with passions that are conformed to the will of God.

Contrast Between Our Old Life And New Life.

See the contrast here between our old life and the rest of our life. The contrast is between our old life before we came to Christ and the rest of our lives after we receive Jesus Christ. Now that we have receive the Lord, we are to live for the will of God. There is a huge difference between the before Christ and after Christ life of a Christian.

Once you are saved, we are to spend the rest of our lives on earth not in sin or human desires but concerned about God and God’s will in our life. For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-believers desire. You lived then in sin. One of the reasons why the past sins are enough is because we will have to give an account to God and God will judge us.

According to 1 Peter 4:4-5,

Christianity is separation from the world, giving over to be maligned because of the separation and handing over the vengeance to God.

3. Continue To Do Good.

The third way we deal with society’s pressure is by continuing to do good.

We will read verses from 1 Peter and draw our conclusion as to how to do good in spite of our difficulties.

1 Peter 2:15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

Secondly, 1 Peter 3:16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Thirdly, 1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

How are we to live?

1 Peter 4:3-4  3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

Do Good In Spite Of Society’s Pressure.

1 Peter 4:3-4SeparationThey will
malign you
They will give
an account to God.
1 Peter 2:15Do goodThey will
call you foolish
Good deeds will
silence their talks
1 Peter 3:16Good BehaviorThey will
slander you
They will be
put to shame
1 Peter 2:12Do Good DeedsThey will speak
against you
They will
Glorify God

Be such people:

James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

You may face difficulties in pursing your faith, you may face opposition, your family and friends maybe against you but you continue in your good work.

Keep yourself from being polluted by the world.

Our sufferings/ pressure can be physical, emotional, problems within the family or problems even within the Christian community. You can be accused of something when there is no ill on your part and then someone has come to an erroneous conclusion, you can go through a sickness or other suffering. We face suffering boldly and we need to be ready to give an answer as to why we face suffering like this.

We live in a society where people have convictions about things and they place their convictions on others and if you don’t honor their convictions, you suffer consequences. These are the kinds of things that Jesus suffered, misrepresenting his ministry, his message and his method. Being misrepresented is a form of suffering. So we do suffer and it happens a lot within the Christian community.

How do we respond to them?

We need to respond and the manner in which we do it must be Biblical. Sometimes it is best to let it go and move on.

How do we respond to these kinds of sufferings/ pressure? We are to respond to life’s pressures:

Have The Attitude Of Christ.

Live For The Will Of God.

Continue To Do Good.

Christians are to respond to suffering by living a balance and well-ordered life.

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