Monday, April 4, 2011

Be Different

1Pe 3:8-11  Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Again we see the Word of God proposing something abhorrent to the modern idea of standing up for oneself and putting someone else “in their place.”  We’re to seek peace, and not return evil for evil.  My flesh desires to disobey this command practically every day.  This world gives so many opportunities to tell others off or to be the one in the right.  And that means it provides so many opportunities to share Christ through what we don’t do, when we do the unexpected.

1Pe 3:15-17  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 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.

We may be mocked and looked down upon, but imagine what incredible witness we can provide.  They know they are doing wrong when they do that, and when we don’t respond in kind, they don’t have any excuse.  We have the power to do this through Jesus.

2Co 4:8-11  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

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