By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 07/28/20
In 1 Peter 2:19-25, the apostle Peter shows us what Christlikeness truly is. He says that when it comes to true heroism, we need look no further than Jesus. And if we are to be followers of Christ, Peter gives us three areas in which we must emulate Him.
Following Jesus means that we do not repay evil for evil, even when we feel justified doing so. In the context of an utter dictatorship where Christians had no recourse when they suffered injustice, Peter called fellow believers to imitate Christ, who “did not retaliate; . . . [and] made no threats” (1 Peter 2:23).
Following Jesus means that we wait patiently for God’s justice. No sin escapes God’s notice. His Word assures us again and again that Jesus will return as the supreme judge. Not as the one who was insulted and slapped in the face, but as the God of power and might. Not as the one who helplessly hung on a cross, but as the Lion of Judah who is going to make His enemies His footstool. He will bring complete and final justice.
Following Jesus means that we must never compromise Biblical Truth, regardless of the cost. God provides only one way for sin to be dealt with: through confession and repentance. Only Christ’s stripes can mend our brokenness. Only His death can raise us to new life. No matter what suffering comes our way, this Truth remains. So let us stand firm in it.
Christian, you have been called to emulate Christ. Are you following in His footsteps? He has called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light; is it not glorious? Do not be burdened with the injustices of this world. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, and trust God even when you face trials and suffering. Remember the care of your Father who did not spare even His own Son, and look forward to the day when He will wipe away every tear.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are worthy of all praise. Your love is astounding; Your hope is glorious. Help me to trust in You, looking to the cross for my strength, peace, and joy. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).