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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

“Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”
 
 
when He suffered
 
Oh how he suffered (1:11; 2:21; 3:18; 4:12,13; 5:1). We know little about true suffering. 
 
He did not threaten
 
When Jesus suffered he did not threaten them with suffering. He would not make them suffer as well. He did not conjure up revenge. He did not look for opportunity to put revenge into action. 
 
Jesus had the power to call vengeance down upon his enemies but he chose not to do so. He did not defend himself against personal wrong. He was more concerned about the plan of God than about himself. 
 
PRINCIPLE: 
 
God wants us to be more concerned about the plan of God for our lives than about ourselves.
 
APPLICATION: 
 
Jesus did not threaten his accusers with harm. He did not say, “I’ll get even. I’ll get the Father after you.” Christians are playing away from home. We forget that we are in a hostile world to Christ. We will not get a break from the umpire here. 
 
As far as this world is concerned we are misfits. They do not approve of our way of doing things. We do not approve of their values. They put up with us as a mild form of amusement. They tolerate us if we do not expose their values for what they are. 
 
Are you willing to take a stand on your values? Do you orient to the plan of God for your life? Do you live by that plan or do you respond to the immediate issue at hand?
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