In a recent article, I wrote about the need to glorify God in all we do, including when we have been wronged. When seeking to glorify God, we have an example in Jesus. So, we must look at how he handled being wronged. Peter gives us a great breakdown of Jesus actions. His actions must become our game plan.
Yes, we hate for vicious things to be said about us and for wrong things to be done to us. How do we handle them? As believers we are called to handle them like this…
“He committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile back; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but He entrusted Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1 Peter 2:22-23
We value clap backs and witty retorts that cut and sever. We tell people how it is. We stand and declare that nobody is going to treat us like this. But when reviled, Jesus did not revile back.
We may not be able to do something in the moment, but we let them know that they will pay, or we tell our friends that we are plotting, or waiting to see them fall. We may even express with Glee that God is going to get them… Jesus did none of that. He didn’t threaten…
The believer doesn’t say I’ll get you for this; the believer says I’ll forgive you for this. We don’t even have to say, “God will get you for this” We just pray God forgives them for this. (By the way, Jesus wasn’t throwing shade with His prayer. Unlike many of us when we tell someone we will “pray for them” after they wrong us.)
Peter places no value in “just getting it off our chest” by telling people how we feel about them. However, he also doesn’t tell us to hold in our anger. Expression nor suppression are encouraged. Instead, Peter points us to Christ’s example of putting our situation in God’s hands.
This way of handling injustice doesn’t sound like us at all…
So what did He do? And, how can we be like Him.
He trusted that God was a righteous Judge. We are called to do the same.
This is worship. This is glorifying God. Us trusting His justice.
And remember, we lean on His justice, but we do not find glee in seeing others face it. We know they need grace and so do we.