1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect…
Peter speaks of our "having suffered a while," and then being made "perfect." What a consolatory juxtaposition have we here — suffering first, and perfection afterwards. To make me enjoy heaven, He causes me to weep a while here. Music is all the more delicious when preceded by discord; peace is the more prized after war; health after sickness; and life, in all its beauty and vigour, will be only truly enjoyed "after that we have suffered while." Thanks to Peter for that little word "awhile." It is not always "night." It shall be day when the sun gets up. It shall not be always suffering with us. No — no; already the handkerchief is shaken out, wherewith tears are to be wiped away.
(John Macfarlane, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.