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Chosen to Suffer, 1 Peter 1:1-2

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  In general, we choose to avoid suffering. But we understand that we might suffer as a consequence of our choices. That sort of suffering we regret. We learn from it and make better choices going forward to avoid it. But then there are some things we suffer as a consequence of someone else’s choices. We understand that sort of suffering, but we sure don’t like it. And then there are some things that you will suffer throughout your life that are God’s choice. That sort of suffering we don’t like and we sure don’t understand. The Elect Exiles Peter addresses his letter to the “elect exiles.” The word exile describes someone who is suffering displacement. They are forced from their home. Their identity and any stability are taken away. They no longer belong. A recent situation that would help us to identify with this would be the 12 million Ukrainians that are currently living in exile because Russia attacked their county and has decimated their cities. Peter’s audience is displaced beca