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Friday, September 6, 2013

Quiet Time: Patient Endurance

Patient Endurance
Strength to be still

For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God – 1 Peter 2:20

When a person is penalized, whether it be financially or physically, for a poor decision or an outright sin, we say, “He got what he deserved.”  Sometimes the person is penitent and humbled, but  regardless of his attitude, society considers it reasonable that he take his punishment without complaint.  But what about the times when a person gets what he doesn’t deserve; when life just doesn’t seem fair?

Well, the world’s answer is to say, “That’s just the way it is; some things will never change,” to quote Stevie Winwood. But, God tells the Christian, “There’s a better way; patient endurance.”  There seems to be something about quietly standing firm in Him when we are treated unfairly; when we believe with quiet confidence that our God is in control, regardless of the circumstances. This attitude actually seems to make Him smile. 

I like the way this verse reads in The Message bible: “There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.”

Jesus did just that; He is our example. Jesus got what I deserved. (1Peter 2:21)

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