Today’s Reading | 1 Peter 2:13-25
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?