November 24 A Gracious Thing

Photo by Andreas Laudy

Photo by Andreas Laudy

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35;  1 Peter 2:11-3:7;  Psalm 119:49-64;  Proverbs 28:12-13

“Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not  only to the good and gentle, but also to the unjust.  For this is a gracious thing, when mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

For what credit is it if when you sin you are beaten for it, you endure?  But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued to trust himself to him, who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  By His wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

1 Peter 3:18-25

Have you suffered for doing good?

Jesus knows how it feels to be falsely accused, unjustly tried, and sentenced to death.

I haven’t suffered like that.  But maybe in the future I will.  I pray that will I endure graciously.

Thank you, Jesus, for giving us a picture of suffering injustice with dignity, calm and peace with an eye to the Father who sees all and who keeps us ever in His care. Be with all who are now suffering because of Your name.  Keep them strong in their faith and may their words and actions point the way to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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