17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also sufferedonce for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit – 1 Peter 3:17-18
The biggest problem that most of us will have with these verses is simple. We don’t like to suffer; let alone contemplate whether it is better to suffer for doing good or evil. Put up a signup sheet for people to volunteer to suffer and you won’t get any names. Yet, Peter tells us that we should be prepared to suffer. Christ, who laid down His own life and suffered doing so, is the one we are following; and if we go wherever He goes, that may well lead us to suffering at some point. It would be more surprising if it didn’t.
So if you are possibly going to suffer at some point anyway (see John 16:33), then you might as well go for a blessing in the process (see Matthew 5:11-12).