Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 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. 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. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 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. 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. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
—1 Peter 2:18-25
by: Cheri Appel.
Do your neighbors and co-workers know you are a Christian? Talking about Jesus is important, but when we behave like Christ—that is when others take notice! What is your response when insulted? Do you threaten to get even when angry? Only through Christ can we be dead to sin and live for what is right. Through Him, wounds from negative treatment are healed. Through Him, our souls are protected from the results of evil. When faced with adverse conditions, ask yourself this tough question, “What will be my most effective response for the eternal salvation of others?”