When You Suffer Unjustly
August 3, 2014 Speaker: Larry Kirk Series: 1 Peter: The True Grace of God for the Real Issues of Life
Topic: Suffering Passage: 1 Peter 2:18–2:25
Suffering by its very nature is difficult and suffering aggravated by injustice and unfairness is uniquely difficult. Have you ever faced it or are you in some way dealing with it now? What do you do when you can't just avoid it or escape it? This issue of how to deal with unjust suffering speaks in some way to us all. In the world as it is we all have to learn how to deal with unjust suffering and Peter helps us in this passage.
1 Peter 2:18-25English Standard Version
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and 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. 21 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. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 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. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.