1 Peter 2:19 (KJV) 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
There are people who are good to us and there are those who aren’t; we are good to everyone. There are times when people are good to us; there are times when they’re not; we are good to them always. God’s pleasure is our pleasure; and it’s His pleasure for us to be good and do good no matter how others treat us. We suffer from unjust or wrongful treatment; we patiently endure. Our minds are set on Him and His pleasure. It’s good to be liked; we want people to see our good works so they can see God’s work in us. But not everyone looks; not everyone sees; there are those who are blinded by pride and their predispositions; they don’t notice reality even when it’s right in front of them as clear as broad daylight. There really is wisdom in living for God’s pleasure.
God’s expectations are clear and unchanging; men’s expectations are often vague. And even if they’re clear; they often change. And if they don’t, many are often unpredictable and woefully undependable. We can be conducting ourselves extremely nicely to them, but they can simply misread our actions, or listen to others who don’t like us. Sadly, there are very gullible people. That’s why it’s useless to make man’s pleasure our main focus and goal. What’s best is focusing our eyes on God, our intimacy with and obedience to Him, and the needed glory to glory changes. There’s no higher purpose than God; there’s no better way to live than being godly, good, and right; there’s no more rewarding journey than the journey towards Christlikeness.
We may be surrounded by very ungodly or God-hating people; we just keep on being godly and God-loving. We may be living in a world of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, hatred, and curses; we just keep walking in goodness, honesty, genuineness, love, and blessings. It’s not easy, but we’re determined. We know it’s doable. We just follow the footsteps of our precious Lord Jesus; He’s been there. Speaking of suffering for doing good; He’s the perfect example: He suffered from the very ones He was saving. He knew it was His Father’s will to go through the cross, and He went all the way despite the very unfair, brutal, and evil treatment from His very own.