1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.
13 But to the degree you are sharing the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;
16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be put to shame, but is to glorify God in this name.
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?
19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God must entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing good.
1 Peter 1:6—7
1 Thessalonians 4:11
2 Thessalonians 3:11—12
“How believers respond to suffering, in other words, is an indication of whether they truly belong to God at all.” - Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner
“This passage begins and ends with suffering; suffering divides those who truly call on Jesus from those who dabble in religion for a season. Suffering clarifies things. If we endure at a cost, it shows that we know the Lord and are preparing daily to meet Him and render an account for our life.” - Dr. Daniel Doriani