You find God’s favour by deciding to please God even when you endure hardships because of unjust suffering. For what merit is it to endure mistreatment for wrongdoing?
Yet if you are mistreated when you do what is right, and you faithfully endure it, this is commendable before God. In fact, you were called to live this way, because Christ also suffered in your place, leaving you his example for you to follow. (1 Pet 2:19)
"You find God’s favour by deciding to please God even when you endure hardships because of unjust suffering... in fact, you were called to live this way...!"
OK, hands in the air, this one (again) is probably just for me! I genuinely am struggling to think of a time that I’ve successfully managed to just suck it up, bite my lip and not retaliate – oh, yes, I’ve managed to keep a straight face, but in my heart (where GOD lives and sees), I’ve been roiling like a volcano and in my head I’ve already been planning my curt retort!
Let’s be fair; in circumstances like these, we all want to live in the old testament of - an “eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…”, rather than the new testament of "Grace and forgiveness" -unless it’s ‘us’ who are in the wrong!
Lord Jesus, please peel away my ‘thick skin’ and take away my repertoire of horrible ‘come back lines'. Help me to see that YOU alone are my defender and protector, my source and resource, and to be able to do as you say: “… love your enemies and do something wonderful for them in return for their hatred. When someone curses you, bless that person in return. When you are mistreated and harassed by others, accept it as your mission to pray for them.” (Luke 6:27)
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