Follow Christ’s example!

Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Peter 2:13-3:7

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.  “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.”  (1st Peter 2:21-24)

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called by God to follow Christ’s example of faithful suffering.  Christ did not sin against, complain about, lie about, or threaten those who insulted Him.  Christ simply put His trust in God the Father to repay them at the final judgment. Likewise, we are to patiently endure sufferings and pray for those that would abuse or persecute us.

A second aspect of Christ’s example is found in the purpose of His suffering.  Christ suffered for the welfare of others.  He bore our sins in His body on that cross in order that we might through His sacrifice die to sins.   He suffered wounds to bring about our healing and deliverance from both sin and sickness.  We who know Christ and have placed our faith in Him, can receive forgiveness and healing.

Christ’s example was one of submission to authority on all levels.  We are instructed to model that same submission ourselves as we live our lives in the world.  We are to submit to the king and all governmental authorities.  (1st Peter 2:13-15)  When we do this we honor God.  Slaves were to submit to their masters as unto Christ with all respect.  It did not matter if they were treated well or not.  (1st Peter 2:18-20)

Wives were to submit to their husbands as Christ submitted to His Father.  Jesus example also was applicable in the home authority structure established by God.  Wives were to live such godly lives that they could win over their husbands without word.  (1st Peter 3:1-2)  Husbands were to live with their wives in the same way Christ modeled loving care.  (1st Peter 3:7)  In these ways, Christ’s example would practically help the believers to live and lead others to know Christ!  How are you doing in following Christ’s example?

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