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Following Christ’s Example

Jesus, the righteous Son of God, always did the right thing, even though it meant suffering. As His followers, we are called to follow His example. The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:21 (NLT):
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
We must strive to do good in every situation, even if we suffer for it. Will we ever suffer the way that Jesus suffered? We may or we may not. If we don’t suffer as He did, then shouldn’t that mean that we should strive to do good even more? If we are following Christ’s example, then we must do good everywhere we go. It starts at home. We should do good for our spouses and children. We are also to do good at work for our co-workers. We should do good at church and in our communities. Followers of Christ should be characterized by doing good. Too often we are known for the wrong things instead of doing good for all people. How can you do some good today and for whom? Look for those opportunities to do good and follow the example of Jesus.

He Did Not Deserve It

In 1 Peter 2, Peter was talking about how slaves would sometimes be mistreated by their masters. Peter said that it was commendable by God when they would bear up under such suffering instead of retaliating. When talking about suffering, he writes about the example of Jesus. Jesus suffered unjustly and He did not retaliate.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22   “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth. – 1 Peter 2:21-22 (NIV)

Jesus did not deserve the punishment He suffered. He went to the cross and suffered excruciating pain and humiliation for the sake of us all. He could have called down fire from Heaven to do away with His executioners, yet He did not retaliate. When we suffer unjustly, it is to our credit to bear up under it and not retaliate or seek revenge. Jesus is our example and if He could suffer even though He did not deserve it, we can learn to as well.

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