Thursday, February 6, 2014

1 Peter 3:16-17

"Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing."
1 Peter 3:16-17

I like this... as we go about our lives we are going to be judged unjustly.  We do it too.  We too often base our judgements on appearance or one or two examples, and we don't get to know people before we jump to conclusions.  We do it to others, and it is going to happen to us.  Whether it is something that can affect our lives a lot, or just a little, it still feels unjust either way, and sometimes we want to react and prove them wrong, or demand a retrial, or whatever it is.  But God's way seems calmer than that.  If our consciences are clean, then there is no problem.  If we're going to suffer in life (and we all are: it is something we have to learn), it is much better to suffer for being good than being bad.
Today, even though it is hard, if our consciences are clear, let's accept some injustice in our lives.  When we're on the just side, let's let it go.  And if we suffer a little, and it is hard to accept, okay.  Good lessons.  ... And then let's hope beyond hope that when the same things happen and we're on the unjust side, that someone else can do the same for us.

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