I Peter 2:21-23 Erv; This is what you were chosen to do. Christ gave you an example to follow. He suffered for you. So you should do the same as he did: “He never sinned, and he never told a lie. People insulted him, but he did not insult them back. He suffered, but he did not threaten anyone. No, he let God take care of him. God is the one who judges rightly.
It’s so easy to return in kind, give what’s due, sow what’s been sown. What’s hard is, doing right regardless of the wrong. As humans, we struggle with this principle, but we must remember that this is a worldly principle; doing what’s been done to you. Gods ways tell us to take the high road. To love regardless because love covers a multitude of sin.
I recently had a conversation with a friend about something someone did to her that was so childish. My flesh said, retaliate! and I gave her some very colorful ways of doing so. We laughed, which is something that was needed, however all weekend it’s played out in my head, “That’s not what love does.”
Sometimes love is not how our flesh wants to do it. Ok, that’s NEVER how our flesh wants to do it! But we don’t live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. We can’t react like we want to. We must react like HE wants us to. When our flesh wants something that badly, we must not give into it’s desires, regardless of how good it would feel to do it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
We simply cannot do it in our flesh, it’s impossible. We can try and try and try all day, and never achieve this act of true love. But when we admit, “I cannot, but You already did!”, we are no longer depending on our ability to do right. We are fully depending on the finished work of Jesus Christ. Then it no longer becomes us that does the right thing, but Jesus who already did the right thing for us.
Doesn’t that relieve the pressure? That’s what His sacrifice was meant to do. Take the pressure off us and apply it to Jesus on the cross, once and for all. Forever a complete work. So than what Paul said makes sense, “It’s no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.” Let’s allow Christ full and free reign in us this week.