Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:16-19 (KJB)
REFERENCES: 1 Peter 1 – 5; Acts 11:26; 26:28; Ephesians 3:13-15; Romans 5:2-5; Luke 12:47-48; Matthew 11:20-24; Jude 1:15; Jeremiah 26:11-15; Daniel 3:16-18; 6:10-11, 22