Unjust Suffering

1 Peter 2.19 - Unjust Suffering1

 

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.

Quick Judgment

Romans 2:1   (KJV)   1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Often, people are guilty of the same things they judge others for. And since this is true, there really is no room and reason for hypocritical judgmental attitudes and actions.

It’s very easy for some of us to call others out on their mistakes or wrongdoings. We can be very good at making others feel guilty. We make sure of it. Somehow, it makes some of us feel more superior – that we’re better people. And we want that picture we portray seen well. Really? Perhaps the only advantage we have is that we found out about their faults and we were better in hiding ours. Some of us act so smug and untouchable. We want to create this separation between us and “the sinner.”

Interestingly, we are selective in this. We can be blind to the wrongs of the people we like; but we can be brutal to others we don’t like. The truth is, the knowledge of the sins of people we’re not really so enamored with just gives us the ace we need so we can treat them with disgusting cruelty and make everyone see that we’re justified in doing so. Give me a break. Any sin we know about anyone – people we like or people we don’t necessarily like is infinitesimal compared to all the sins we ourselves are guilty of – which we know, if we’ll only be honest to ourselves.

God wants us to be alleviated from the burden of pretense. No one’s perfect – not others, not us. We will sin. Let’s not excuse each other, but let’s accept each other’s reality. Then let’s help each other work out our salvation better and more seriously without the weight of condemnation hanging around our heads.

Dear God, the only perfectly holy Being in existence, thank You for the grace You’ve given us to be humble. Because of You, we can change. You’re working in us so that we will have a change of mind and attitude regarding others. You want us to be more gracious in dealing with people caught in their sins and to be honest regarding our own. You’ve shown us our true nature so that we won’t ever act arrogantly and proudly. We all have the dreaded “skeletons in our closet.” That’s why we desperately need a Savior. We realize that any holiness we enjoy and any victory we have is all because of You, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.