"When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly." - 1 Peter 2:23
After telling us that the Lord Jesus not only redeemed us but left us an example of patiently suffering unjustly, the Apostle Peter explains why it’s okay for us to accept unfair treatment while we’re doing what’s right.
He reminds us that the Lord Himself was able to accept unfair, unjust treatment and persecution because He knew that His Father in Heaven is a righteous judge Who will see to it that the right prevails.
Whether in this life or in eternity, evil will be judged and righteousness will be rewarded because God judges justly.
Not only that but “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
We’re counting on more than mere justice or vengeance. We know that God will bring about good things from whatever we have to endure here. He will fulfill His purpose in our lives and that purpose is far greater than what we might hope for if we got our own way.
So I can continue to do the right thing; respond to whatever happens in God’s way, and leave the results to Him, knowing that the results will be good. “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.”
Lord, I get tired of unfair treatment, especially when I’m the victim. Forgive my lack of faith. Thank You for not just telling me how I should respond but showing me Yourself how it's done. Help me to entrust myself to Your care, believe Your promises and follow Your example. Give me grace to live my life Your way and leave the results up to You. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles