March 12: A Gracious Endurance (1 Peter 2:18-25)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Josh Herring will continue a series on spiritual disciplines at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 2:18-25
18) Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19) For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20) For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21) For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22) He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23) When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25) For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
In 2:12, Peter instructs the church to live honorable lives among the pagans so that they may see see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. But what does this honorable conduct look like? Last week, Peter instructed the church to conduct ourselves honorably and submissively in view of God-ordained human governments. This week he steps closer to where we spend the bulk of our lives...in the household. Peter speaks to honorable conduct in terms of our relationships, whether slaves to masters or wives to husbands. Since these relationships are the foundation of the social fabric of life, Peter addresses how the Christian, living in exile, engages in relationships in Christ honoring ways. He shows us that good conduct involves enduring sorrows of injustice without retaliating. He encourages this by reminding us that God will reward these efforts and will bring perfect justice to it. Brothers and sisters, let us consider the gospel and how Jesus' endurance in suffering resulted in our salvation and eternal joy. Let us strive to entrust ourselves to God who judges justly.
Review and Apply
How does our desire for justice speak to God's image in us?
Speak to your normal reaction to those who mistreat you or deal harshly with you.
Why does God view our endurance as a gracious thing?
How does Christ's example in suffering enable us to endure suffering sorrows graciously?
What injustice are you now facing? And what would endurance look like in this particular situation?
How does God's ultimate justice bring a comfort to those who face injustice?
When is it a time to stand up to injustice?
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