1 Peter 2:18-20 – Take it Patiently

1 Peter 2:18-20
18
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

The mind of God inevitably defies conventional wisdom.  We are told by the Lord to “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)  Here in 1 Peter we are told to respect those in authority over us.  Not just the good ones, that would make sense.  But, also the bad ones, the ones that drain our energy and can make our lives miserable.  We are told to reverence even them.  While you’re at it, make sure to show patience when you suffer wrongfully, because that is acceptable with God.  It’s a lot to ask, but don’t forget who’s asking.  The Lord knows a thing or two about loving His enemies (Romans 5:8) and He certainly wrote The Book on being patient when He suffered wrongfully (1 Peter 2:23).  So why is it important to follow these principles in the Bible?  “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven”: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)

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