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Mar 21

Day 15 – 1 Peter 2:18-22 Patient Endurance

18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds [favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

Christ Is Our Example

 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH

WOW this is even harder than the verses from Day 14!  So here it is… when we do what is right and suffer, and patiently endure it, we follow Jesus example and bring glory to God.

Seems like I spend most of my life suffering the consequences of my sin… and I seem to be better able to endure that then I am when I am called to suffer for what I did not do.

It just doesn’t ever seem fair!

And that’s it! In our world today we don’t like to ever pay for someone else’s sin… we do not like what we think is injustice!

And yet injustice is all around us…

When we suffer for doing the right thing and unite it to Christ it brings glory to God.

What stops us is fear, and St. Peter knows all about this temptation, as he fell three

times and denied Jesus…

Now St. Peter exhorts us here to do the good and be like Jesus in carrying injustices and

exercise patience and endurance.

In what ways do you feel like you suffer for doing good?

Maybe in your own home you are persecuted for your love of Jesus and His Church?

Maybe at work where people might be sinning and you are the one they make fun of for doing good?

How can you suffer patiently today and offer it to Jesus for His Glory!

This is a great time in Lent as we contemplate Jesus death for our sins…

as Peter says… he who did not sin or even speak anything deceitful suffered?

That’s a lot to meditate on today…

God bless –