—1 Peter 5:10-11 (NASB)
Peter makes reference to "suffering" in one form or another approximately 11 times in the letter we call 1 Peter. It's important to note that by "suffering" Peter is talking about trials and persecutions which come about because of the fact that we're Christians, people who may live IN the world but no longer OF the world. He makes the clear distinction that suffering which comes about because of sin and other behavioral-related choices is simply the consequences of sin, a completely different category from suffering for Christ or for the sake of simply being a Christian. Peter is answering the question, "Why does God allow suffering to occur?"