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9. We Don't Respond in Kind (1 Peter 4:12-19)

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Our unjust suffering becomes more tolerable when we remember that it has been permitted by God. And though it might not feel like a blessed life, that's what the Bible calls it. This enables us to endure mistreatment with grace, even rejoicing. Jesus suffered without retaliation, and so should we. Our natural impulse might be to respond by treating others the way they've treated us, but we're instructed to embrace unfair treatment instead. Furthermore, we're not the ultimate judge over others. God is. Those who mistreat us will be held accountable by a perfect Judge. So instead of responding in kind the next time we suffer unjustly, let's reply with kindness by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Related Topics: Character of God, Christian Life, Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution