Suffering for Doing Right
1 Peter 3:8-22
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, one suffer with another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous,9 Not rendering evil for evil, neither rebuke for rebuke, but contrariwise bless; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should be heirs of blessing. 10 For if any man long after life, and to see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and follow after it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers, and the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And who is it that will harm you, if ye follow that which is good? 14 Notwithstanding blessed are ye, if ye suffer for righteousness' sake. Yea, fear not their fear, neither be troubled. 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and reverence, 16 Having a good conscience, that when they speak evil of you as of evil doers, they may be ashamed, which slander your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better (if the will of God be so) that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, and was put to death concerning the flesh, but was quickened by the spirit. 19 By the which he also went, and preached unto the spirits that are in prison. 20 Which were in time passed disobedient, when once the long suffering of God abode in the days of Noah, while the Ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved in the water. 21 Whereof the baptism that now is, answering that figure, (which is not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but a confident demanding with a good conscience maketh to God) saveth us also by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 Which is at the right hand of God, gone into heaven, to whom the Angels, and Powers, and might are subject.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
"Let not Geneva be forgotten or despised. Religious liberty owes it most respect." John Adams, the second president of the United States