Week 4 - Endurance // Day 1
1 Peter 2 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered[l]for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
22 He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
Peter’s recollection selects the uncomplaining fortitude of the Master for special emphasis. Jesus knew how to endure, and as Peter looks back, this seems to him one of the eminent marvels of his Lord’s character. As we begin the study of Jesus’ power of endurance, consider the need of patient courage in our own lives. For example, we all are handicapped, some by too little money, some by broken health or feeble constitutions, some by bereavement, some by unhappy heredity or cramping environment, —all of us by some unfortunate limitations, and sooner or later as we saw last week, the man who lives up to his ideals has to pay the price of hostility against the customs of his day. We are all called upon to live our lives in unideal situations that require patience, courage, persistent faith, and fortitude to deal with. How well are you handling this aspect of your life’s problem?