I love God's Word. It is the absolutely critical 'perspective-giver' to our lives. Yesterday morning I got a little worked up and my heart rate got a little elevated when someone had implied that I had not done something that I know I in fact did do. I was trying to breathe and calm down but I kept thinking to myself, 'the nerve of someone...why I oughta..and other stuff.' So as I started to have my little 'life is not fair' pity party I was quickly reminded of this passage out of 1 Peter 2. Here it is in the message:
"20 There's no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you're treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God. 21 This is the kind of life you've been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. 22 He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. 23 They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. 24 He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. 25 You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you're named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls."
Wow, Ok, God I will shut my mouth now. You see, God reminded me that part of our calling as Christians is to suffer well. When we go through false accusations, cruelties, tragedies, sicknesses, mistreatments, slandering, reviling, mockery, persecution, etc our job is to be like Jesus and to bless and pray for those who persecute us and to persevere and trust God through all our difficulties.