1 Peter 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Many fine Christians know what it means to live a life filled with suffering or pain. This suffering may come as a result of wrongdoing or in spite of righteous living. No matter the circumstance, one fact remains constant: suffering, whether merited or not, is never pleasant. The Bible instructs Christians regardless of the circumstances to greet suffering with the utmost patience. In fact, the Bible emphasizes that patience during times of suffering for well doing is “acceptable with God” (1 Peter 2:20). Enduring suffering may seem difficult and our nature certainly opposes it, but it remains part of God’s calling (1 Peter 2:21). The Lord exhibited great patience as He suffered as our example as He that “did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). Instead of retaliating in time of suffering, He “committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:23). Christians should learn from Christ’s example and consistently strive to entrust their well-being to the mercy of God.
· (For children): Joseph was hated by his brothers who sold him into slavery. He went through many troubles but we have no record of him complaining. Many years later, he became second in command in Egypt. When his wicked brothers came to him for food, Joseph gladly forgave them and was kind to them. Joseph displayed a great example of what God wants us to be.
· (For everyone): Do you long to take vengeance into your own hands when others cause you to suffer wrongfully? Do you grow impatient waiting on the Lord to resolve matters that seem so unfair?
· Do you find that you are short on patience when you know that others say things about you that are wrong? Do you wait on the Lord or do you seek to clear your name no matter whom you might hurt?
· Ask the Lord to give you patience in suffering.
· Ask the Lord to help you trust Him in times of trial and trouble.
Song: O to Be Like Thee!