1 Peter 2:18-25
Focused Text: 1 Peter 2:18-23
At some point, each of us face both just and unjust suffering in this life. When we sin and suffer the consequences, our suffering is just. We are reaping the harvest that we have sown by our disobedience. However, at times we will also suffer under the direct authority of unjust people, having done nothing to warrant such treatment. Our shortsighted reaction will likely be lament—why would God allow such injustice toward me?
However, rather than inviting us to a pity party, Peter calls us to maintain perspective while enduring such suffering. He tells us that when we keep a God-focused mindset, our unjust suffering is a gracious thing (2:19-20). Why? Because when we entrust ourselves to God during unjust suffering, we live out the example Christ left us (2:21-23). Although Christ had done nothing to warrant the suffering inflicted upon him, he responded with an enduring trust of God the Father rather than seeking justice in the form of revenge. In this, Christ modeled the godly response to unjust suffering—trust in the ultimate judge of all, God the Father.
Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.
- What are some ways in which I feel that I have suffered unjustly at the hands of others, either currently or in the past? Was my response an immediate trust of the Father, or was it self-pity and the personal pursuit of justice?
- Which part of this passage do I need to memorize and own to help develop the proper mindset in regard to suffering?
At our Crossing Campus in Pleasanton, our church family is going through a Sunday sermon series 1 Peter: The Sojourner’s Hope. (Audio sermons available online.)
We sincerely believe that the more we interact with and apply God’s Word, the greater impact it will have on our hearts and in our lives. Therefore, we encourage you to make use of these devotionals in your personal or family devotion times as well as small groups.
You can download the full devotional (16 weeks) on our church homepage or pick one up at our Information Desk on Sundays.