I Peter 2:21
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
Where are we called? We are called to suffer.
“For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” I Peter 2:19-20
Christ suffered. He suffered for us. He left us an example to follow. Look at the verses after our text:
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” I Peter 2:22-23
He suffered wrongfully. And if we are to be like Him, we too shall suffer unjustly. You might not get that promotion you think you deserve, but God is keeping you at your desk for a reason. Maybe your co-worker needs the Gospel. Your spouse may make some choices that the family will reap the consequences of, but God is giving you an opportunity to trust Him to bring you through it. Are you suffering wrongfully today? God has a reason.
Follow Christ’s example. Follow His steps. No deceit was found in his mouth. He did not condemn His enemies. He did not threaten to get even. He simply committed Himself to the One Who judges righteously, God The Father.
What can we do when we suffer wrongfully? We can wait patiently on the Lord with courage that He will give us the strength we need to endure the trial.
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
Christ bare His body on the tree of Calvary so that we who were dead in our sins could live unto righteousness. Every day that we breathe we are given a choice of whether or not we will die to ourselves and let the Lord guide us through our day. Follow the example Christ set for us. Take up your cross and follow His steps today.
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