1 Peter 4:12-14 (AMP) 12 Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you. 13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly]. 14 If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you—happy, fortunate, [a]to be envied, [b]with life-joy, and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
We will go through trials and tests our entire lives. When we are put to the test, it shows what we really believe and what we really have faith in. We can say we do not care what people think, but to be honest, it likely hurts our feelings when people think poorly of us and the decisions we make in our trial. It is not fun to be judged critically by others when we know we are doing right. We have a choice when that happens, to defend our actions or to let God justify what our actions. Other people do not know what God is leading you to do and even if you tell them they may still believe they know better than God in that situation – or that you may not really be hearing from God. Do not ever let that stop you from continuing to do what is right for your life. Your choices are between you and God not you and people.
God does not want us to suffer but he does want us to remain stable in the storm and put Him first. We have to love and trust God as much in the wilderness as we do when things are going peachy and great. We do not do things we do for recognition from people, but recognition from God. When we continue to take God’s lead and remain stable, people may see the peace we have and what that for their own lives.
1 Peter 2:19-21 (AMP) 19 For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering. 20 [After all] what [a]kind of glory [is there in it] if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering [which results] when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God. 21 For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen