Peter's framework is since Christ set the example of being willing to suffer, we are too as well, and sometimes in the midst of relationships. We may want to control relationships but we never will. God offers us something better, influencing. The overall goal of this suffering is twofold: please God and witness to others.
Ever tried harder to just fix yourself? Smoothen the rough edges, eliminate the bad habits? The Scripture calls us to a different approach in order how we build our lives and change.
Never has there been more anticipation to get into a new year. It seems more people than ever are hoping that around the next corner is better things. In times of change and trials, Peter encourages Christians to focus on the living hope of Christ.
Joy is hard to define but easy to identify. Joy comes when God comes close to us. When we experience joy it shines out to others.