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, NIV)
God is gracious. He holds back his vengeance, and creates room for reconciliation. That’s what Jesus did. He didn’t say, “You’ll be sorry you ever did this to me. Let me tell you what I’m going to do…”
Instead, Jesus trusted the matter into the hands of God. He did not look into the eyes of his enemies and say, “I forgive you.” He looked up to his Father and said, “Father, forgive them.” He was entrusting them into the hands of God. He had compassion on his enemies, and he prayed for them.
[tweet_box design=”default”]Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his footsteps.[/tweet_box]
Maybe you are saying, “Yes, but that was Jesus.” Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his footsteps ( 2:21).
There are plenty of Sauls in the business world – angry, frustrated men and women who will do anything to get their own way and feel increasingly desperate when they don’t. The business world needs more Davids – who will restrain the urge to get even and show grace instead.
There are plenty of Sauls in our families – men and women who have held a grudge for years and won’t let it go. Once they start talking about it, they can’t stop. Our families need more Davids – who will restrain the urge to get even and will show grace instead.
When you look in the mirror, are you looking at a Saul or a David? If someone were to ask your family members, what would they say? What about your colleagues at work?