1 Peter 4:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 4:14, NIV: If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

1 Peter 4:14, ESV: If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

1 Peter 4:14, KJV: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1 Peter 4:14, NASB: If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, and of God, rests upon you.

1 Peter 4:14, NLT: So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.

1 Peter 4:14, CSB: If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

What does 1 Peter 4:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter personally heard Jesus explain the idea he presents here (Matthew 5:11). Previously, Peter urged Christians to rejoice when suffering for Christ. They will rejoice when Christ's glory is revealed, to the extent that they have shared in His sufferings. Now Peter reminds Christians that it is a privilege—they are "blessed"—to be allowed to be insulted for Christ's name. Humans might insult you, but God's Spirit rests upon you. That fact is worth rejoicing.

It is a question of how Christians choose to see the reality of their circumstances. We can say, "I am being insulted because I am a Christian; this is a bad day. My life is off track. Where is God?" Or we can say, "I am being insulted because I am a Christian. What a blessing to be so closely identified with Christ that the world treats me the same way it treated Him. This is exactly what my life is for!"

It's not about taking on a falsely spiritual attitude; it's about correcting our perspective in the moment of suffering to fit our actual beliefs about who we are in Christ.