1 Peter 2:13-25
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
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.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
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:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
How do you feel when you suffer for having done the right thing? You not only did nothing wrong, you actually did the right thing, but got punished anyway. Today’s reading gives us some practical principles regarding this kind of situation as it comes into our lives. First of all, Peter explains that it really is no big deal for someone to endure punishment or suffering for doing something that is wrong. But, it is commendable to be someone who suffers for doing good. It should sober us to know that we should expect to suffer for doing good. It is something that we are called to do. Jesus Himself went through the same thing. He did so because He wanted to give us an example to follow. How close are you to that example? There was no deceit found in His mouth when he suffered. Is there any in yours? He hurled no insults to those who were mistreating Him. Do you? He did not retaliate when he was abused, but instead entrusted Himself to God the Father. What a powerful testimony this kind of life would be in our world today. What have you encountered that demands you follow the example of Christ?
In what situations are you finding it difficult to respond as Christ did?
In what ways have you responded in an ungodly manner?
How can you use today’s reading to help you respond like Christ when faced with unjust opposition?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?