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Entrusting Our Just Judge

“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…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.” – 1 Peter 2:21-23
 
The call to follow Christ, is a call to follow in His steps- yes, even in the suffering. However, because we love comfort and convenience, we tend to avoid suffering if at all possible! We take great measures to make our lives comfortable.
 
Let’s think about our attitudes for a moment: if wronged, do we seek out justice-demanding our “rights”? If spoken against, do we verbally attack the offender in return? Maybe we even threaten to sue when we are violated in order to “get what’s coming to us”?
 
The call to follow Christ is not a call to be a doormat; however, it is a call to entrust ourselves to the just Judge. When we seek to repay, revile, or retaliate, it only proves the condition of our hearts: we are not trusting our Heavenly Father. Claiming to be Christ-followers, means we live our lives for the sake of Christ; we give up the “right” to defend ourselves and turn that over to our Defender, our Judge, the One who will deliver justice and repay evil in the end. He has never failed. He never will. Will we trust Him?

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Offended

“So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:67-69
 
We have become a hyper-offended culture. Everything seems to offend someone. No matter the issue or topic. Ask the “wrong” question or make the “wrong” statement -- and someone is sure to be offended! I think it even works to a Christian’s detriment. Perhaps someone feels like they can’t ask us about our faith because we might find their questions “offensive.” Nothing could be further from the truth! We’re always prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks us about the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15).
 
While Jesus embodied love at every turn, He did not shy away from truth even if it offended (Matt. 15:12). Frankly, God’s truth IS offensive to our sinful nature. “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot” (Rom. 8:7).
 
In John 6, when “many of his disciples” hear Jesus’ teaching about His flesh being the bread He gives for the life of the world (John 6:51), they say it a hard teaching. Their hearts were hard; they rejected Him. “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.”
 
When Jesus asked the 12 if they were also going to leave, it is impetuous, impulsive, wild man Peter who says it best: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69). May that be our bold statement as well.

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