“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls” 1 Pet 2:18-25
CHRIST CAME TO SERVE AND SO WE TOO ARE HERE TO SERVE SO WE ARE SERVANTS BY CHOICE NOT BY FORCE
Christian Servants with Unbelieving Masters
Peter tells us what it looks like. Verse 18: We the Christian servants are called to be submissive with all respect to our masters. Verse 19: We the Christian servants are to bear up under sorrows when we suffer unjustly. Verse 20: We the Christian servants are to do good and when we suffer for it, we are to bear the suffering patiently. Verse 23: We the Christian servants do not return evil for evil; when reviled, We do not revile back or threaten.
In other words We as Christian servants are not to be uncooperative or rebellious or ill-mannered rude, disrespectful. As we have a spirit of meekness and submission and agreement, acceptance―even when our masters are unreasonable and abusive.
In fact in the hearts right now strong feelings of resistance are rising against this call for meekness and submission and agreement acceptance ―even to unreasonable and abusive masters.
By nature we hate to give the impression of weakness. We hate to look like someone got the advantage of us. We hate to let false accusations against us stand. We hate it when unreasonable and abusive people seem to have the last say. Tremendous powers within us recoil and push us toward retaliation
So what Peter calls for here is utterly contrary to our fallen human nature. That’s the first thing to say when we ask:What does this attitude have to do with showing God? If we triumph over our own fallen nature and live at this amazing level, it is strong evidence that something more than nature ―outside nature, above nature―is at work in our lives.
This is called Radical Christianity, Real Christianity
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