When Insults are Hurled
Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (2 Peter 21-24, NIV).
Have you ever been treated unjustly? Of course this is a rhetorical question. If you live in the same world as I, then the answer is obviously yes. We have all been treated unjustly in one-way or another. However, as one who claims Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, how are you to respond to such treatment? As Simon Peter tells us, we are to model Christ. Christ trusted the Father’s judgment and left it in His hands. Retaliation is not the answer. This does not insinuate that we are to be walked over, but we are to be gentle in spirit, meek at heart and humble in our attitudes.
When we remember that our sins were abolished on the cross through grace, we should not be so quick to receive this grace while passing judgment upon another. The same blood that was shed for you was also shed for those who offend you. Since grace was shown to you, will you show the same grace to others? When we trust the Father’s judgment, as Jesus did, we must trust that justice will be served. The Psalmist writes:
“The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands” (Psalm 9:16). And “the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice” (Psalm 50:6).
May you be quick to forgive, slow to anger, and abound in the grace of Jesus Christ.
Be blessed in all you do!
Your brother in Christ,