4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Ezekiel 47:1–48:35
1 Peter 2:11–3:7
Psalm 119:49-64
Proverbs 28:12-13

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

1 Peter 2:21 (CSB): “For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In our Bible reading today, we came across 1 Peter 2:18-25. It begins as a word to servants but quickly expands to all believers and then finishes with the example of Jesus that we are to follow. It is in this text that we find our Verse for Today.

Essentially, this text assumes that bad things will happen in this life. Injustice will take place. Further, we may be the recipient of injustices and we need to know how to respond.

So, what are we to do? Becoming like Jesus means that we do what He did. Our Verse for Today tells us what He did when He was the object of injustice.

1 Peter 2:21 (CSB): “For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

We are called to endure injustice just as Jesus, our Master, endured injustice. Becoming like Him means that we will do what He did.

This is a huge, huge subject. All sorts of other questions arise.

  • “What are the circumstances in which we can defend ourselves?”
  • “When we exercise our right to defend ourselves, are some motives for our actions better than others?”
  • “What are the circumstances in which it is Christlike to defend those under our care?”

These are fair questions and a well-rounded Christian worldview demands an answer.

Yet, we need to hear the powerful words of our Verse for Today and be reminded of the fact that as Jesus-followers, there will be times that we need to embrace and endure injustice patiently. In doing so, we will bear a striking resemblance to Jesus who we are striving to follow and imitate.

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