When You Do Good and Suffer…
When someone mistreats us in our righteous endeavors, should we retreat, retaliate or bemoan our situation? Or…or should we simply give praise to God and continue with our good works for others to witness? What should we do when someone mistreats us in our unrighteous ways?
For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ~ 1 Peter 2:20-21 NKJB
With our world seemingly spiraling out of control, how should we respond to the chaos that is going on around us? What weapons, if any, should we take up against what we see happening in our cities, in our neighborhoods and in our schools and churches?
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. ~ 1 Peter 2:11-12 NKJB
How do stay focused on righteous when the devil is continually dragging us, and our heart, into a den of anger, fear as well as guilt and shame? Prayer. Does prayer not bring us close to God instantly? Does prayer move the Holy Spirit in our soul? Doesn’t being conscience of the Holy Spirit mean He will move long before we call upon Him? Doesn’t God already know every situation and know every need for every situation? Why should we be concerned when the outcome is nothing short of victory? Victory that has already been won long before the current situation began to unfold?
When do accept our fate? When do we cast aside self and become one with Jesus Christ? When do we begin living in our True Christ identity?
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.