God’s Call to Loving Service Part – 11

1 Peter 2:19 – 20  ——-  For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

What do you do when you unfairly accused by people you know and love and thought you could trust? How does a Christian respond in that situation?

Remember what Jesus said in Mathew 5:11 —- “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me” 

That phrase “all kinds of evil” means that the followers of Jesus will endure insults, lies, ridicule and false accusations and those attacks will come in many different ways. The world crucified the Lord of Glory so we should not be surprised when the world attacks those who follow Him.

Some of these attacks will come against our faith. Sometimes our motives will be questioned. Sometimes our words will be twisted. Sometimes we will be ostracised for our views. Sometimes we will be deliberately misquoted. Sometimes we will be the victims of a whispering campaign where we can’t even pin down the things said against us.

The point to remember here is that these things will happen from time to time. It is part of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Patiently enduring unjust suffering is God’s plan and that is when the purpose of God in our life opens up for us. Jesus while suffering unjustly handed Himself over to the Father and the battle was won. The power to retaliate was available to Jesus but He bore it all patiently. Our purpose in life will be fulfilled when we are going through unjust suffering patiently and operating in love.

Many a time, when things get uncomfortable we decide enough is enough and turn our backs and quit. Instead of becoming sad we should be happy in situations like this because through these situations come blessings because 1Corinthians2: 9 says  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him”.
 
BAD THINGS WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN IN LIFE AND PEOPLE WILL HURT YOU, BUT YOU MUST NEVER USE THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO HURT SOMEONE BACK.

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