1 Peter 3:17 It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
Throughout much of 1 Peter, much is said concerning the reason for our suffering. If we are suffering for some evil we have done and are reaping the consequences, there's not much for which we can be commended. But when we suffer for doing good and respond positively, it's a good thing in God's eyes. We are following in the steps of Christ. But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
When 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.
Peter also tells us, Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. . . . But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. . . Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
Why does the world persecute the Christian? I believe it is because the Christian is walking with the Lord and attempting to grow in seeking His kingdom and righteousness. Folks who are not seeking God are convicted deep within themselves and fight against that conviction. It's as if they think to destroy the Christian is to destroy truth and therefore they will not be judged by it. There is in every person, I believe, that inner calling back to our Father Creator who shaped and formed us. Christ suffered for our sins. He was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins as no one else could be. However, in some sense, we, too, suffer for the sins of others in desiring to shine the light of Christ that they would find Him and turn to Him. So let us, like Christ, be intercessors for others who don't yet know Him. Let's pray for them. And let us live in the light of Christ.