“Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you.Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory.” (1 Peter 4:12–13 HCSB)

The proper response to a fiery ordeal [in which we suffer for our Christian convictions—as opposed to suffering because we are acting like doofuses] is to rejoice.  This is obviously counter intuitive to what we would normally do when we suffer—endure in misery comes to mind.  However, this is the nature of being a follower of Christ and we understand this particular truth both from Scripture (as here) and from Christian history in which suffering plays an integral part.

We are, of course, promised that God will be with us in our suffering, and we also serve the God who did not stand apart from suffering, but suffered himself in the worst way, so that we might live.  We can hardly claim that we do not have a good role model for suffering for doing good.

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