Have you ever felt abused or beat upon emotional, physically or both? Have you suffered at the hand of another unjustly? Have you been treated harshly by a spouse, employer, or friend?
What has been your response? How has it made you feel? I can tell you that I often get angry, I hurt and want to hurt them back. In most cases I don’t actually do anything, but my attitudes, thoughts and outward body language will let you know just how I feel about it.
Now I know that even though I don’t act upon what I am thinking it is still sin. For God judges the heart of a man not just his actions. I am constantly reminded in the midst of my wrong behavior that I need to be more like Christ. But what does that look like? How did He respond when treated wrongly?
1 Peter 2:21-23 says “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;”
What do we learn from Jesus? One of the first things I noticed when studying this was that He “kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” He entrusted Himself to His Father. He gave all of Himself to be delivered, taken care of, and to be used by His Father. He surrendered His will over to the will of the Father.
The second thing I saw and was reminded of was in verses 24 and 25. Since Jesus gave Himself over to the will of the Father and bore my sins on the cross I no longer have to live in the power of my flesh but can live in the righteousness of Christ. I have been healed of the power that sin had over me.
So next time I am wrongly accused, hurt, rejected, despised or abused by another I pray that I will remember to be like Christ. I pray that I will remember that I can CHOOSE to obey the spirit that live in me and not my sin. I pray that I will choose to “entrust myself to Him who judges righteously.”
Oh Father I want to be like Jesus in all my ways. so often I forget that I have your power living in me. Forgive me for trying to do things my own way, in my flesh. Quicken my spirit when I am about to choose my flesh over Your spirit when I am being sinned against. Thank you Father for your faithfulness in working in my heart and life.Amen.