It is abnormal to rejoice in the midst of pain. It is abnormal to be generous. Who does that? Only weird, different, and abnormal people.
It's normal to worry about who we are on the outside, it's abnormal to worry about who we are on the inside.
To understand our identity, we live the abnormal life as Holy Priests, Bridge Builders.
All of us are under authority. Why does Peter spend so much time hitting this issue? Because God knows that we are rebellious against authority.
You and I were born with an innate sense of justice. It might not be dialed in correctly, but we all have a sense of what is just and what is right.
The reason why Jesus died on the cross for us was because He loved us–bottom line. It’s not hard to derive then, that with love comes sacrifice.
There will simply be times that you will have trouble because of being a Jesus follower. You truly cannot expect to make Godly decisions and not feel some persecution.