1 Peter 2:18-23: Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Jesus Christ has set an example for us to which we must follow: Principle should never be sacrificed for expediency.
We must diligently refuse to sacrifice principle-as we have found in the Light- on the altar of expediency. For the vicissitudes of this present life will come deluged with many such opportunities. It should be the principle of the righteous not to be found on the path of wrong. We must learn to always be in the right.
Here, he tells us there is no gain to receive if we are “buffeted” for a wrong we did. But when we keep the High road of Right… and are “buffeted” for it, that is “acceptable with God”.
This is the pattern we have been asked to follow. To do right at all cost especially when it brings in the whip of persecution. To hold back the sword of reprisal in the name of true strength; and turn the other cheek in the name of selfless love…always reaching…always enduring…bearing all things…believing all things…Selah.
Such is the example we have seen displayed in the man Jesus. May it be our guiding light.