Retaliation and Threats
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Peter 1-5
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 2:13-25
We have undoubtedly all seen the movie – the one where the main character finds himself in a bit of a jam. Sometimes the hero is being beaten or tortured. Other times the hero is allegedly about to be killed before he somehow finds a way out of it. Growing up in the 80’s, I was surrounded by these movies. If I told you to think of one of these movies now, out of every ten people there would probably be eight or nine different answers. In all of these movies, the plot is typically the same. While in the dire situation, the hero usually makes a few threats to their attackers, promising them some form of retaliation in the future. Then later in the movie, the revenge moment comes when the main character finds himself vindicated, sometimes with a funny one-liner in tow. Thus is the way of this world. This is the message the world sends us as to how we should all act when we are abused or mistreated.
The story of Jesus Christ is remarkably different. First, as we see in today’s key passage, Jesus did not threaten anyone during His entire crucifixion ordeal. He never promised revenge. He never told any of the Roman soldiers that they would pay for what they were doing. In fact, Jesus did the exact opposite when He asked His Father in Heaven to forgive them. Secondly, Jesus did not escape from His situation and exact revenge on his accusers. Instead, He acted as a lamb led to slaughter. He was fully man, and fully God. At any time, He could have turned the tables on his attackers, but He knew that this was all part of the plan. He did not try to fight it. Instead, he simply put His faith and trust in the Father, and surrendered everything to His will.
The next time you are faced with a dire situation – even if it is simply a matter of someone mistreating you – you will have a choice. You can choose to react the way the world tells you to react – the way Hollywood says is right, or you can follow Jesus’ example and simply put your faith and trust in God and surrender everything to His will. The former may bring you a little bit of glory, but the latter will bring all the glory to Jesus Christ.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on December 16, 2013, in 21 - 1 Peter and tagged Anger, Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Service, Trust, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.