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Get Even

Get Even

23 July 2009

Scripture:

He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. (1 Peter 2:23 NLT)

Jesus suffered for the sins of others – including my sins and yours. He didn’t suffer for his own sin, or for bad choices he had made, or because of laziness or bad planning! Every insult and all the pain he suffered in innocence. Yet look at how he took it:

• He did not retaliate when he was insulted.
• When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even.
• He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

So often, it’s like a knee-jerk reaction when we experience either real or perceived unfairness…

• “Same to you, you idiot!”
• “I’ll get even, sometime, somehow!”
• “I’m going to see that justice is done if it’s the last thing I do!” (It might be!)

Peter says in 1 Peter 2:20b-21:

• If you suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is pleased with you.
• This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps.

There is purpose in every experience – the good, the bad, and the ugly. If I experience unfair treatment, God has a purpose in it for me and for my ministry to others. God’s purpose is for me to respond redemptively and not react defensively. It’s not easy, but it’s God’s way for me!

Prayer:

Father, I see it, I believe it, I want it. Please grant me grace to respond as Jesus did, more concerned for others than for self! Amen.

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