Why does Peter call on Christians to humbly endure unjust suffering? He gives at least three answers to that question. Continue reading . . .
We’ve been looking at 1 Peter 2:18-25 where Peter writes:
“Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:18-25).
Why does Peter call on Christians to humbly endure unjust suffering? He gives at least three answers to that question.
First, he goes so far as to say that this is our calling as Christians! That’s right, our calling! V. 21 says, “for to this you have been called.” To be hurt and treated unfairly and to be put upon and slandered and yet not to return evil for evil is part of our calling as the children of God.
Peter says it again with even greater force and clarity down in 3:9, “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called that you may obtain a blessing.”
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