“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone;

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.

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.

Once you were like sheep who wandered away.

But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.”

1 Peter 2:21-25

As followers of Christ, we are called to suffer. Jesus suffered and told us to be prepared to follow His example. He said the world would hate us. Our goal should be to handle that hatred and persecution in the same manner as He did. Easy? Absolutely not. Some of us fall apart when some nonbeliever insults us online or contradicts our opinions.

We often see Jesus portrayed as this gentle, soft-spoken, wimpy sort of fellow. If you read your Bible carefully, you will see that in no way does that characterize our Savior. At the time of His crucifixion, He was very quiet, never arguing, threatening or defending His case. What that portrays is an amazing inner strength that almost defies reason. Most of us would have chosen to yell, cry out about injustice, or point blame on someone else.

The scripture says clearly that He left His case in the hands of God, Who always judges fairly.

We must develop that inner strength, that faith in our Father, that unwavering trust that God has us covered. If we are living godly lives, doing our best to walk in the Spirit and follow His plan, we can rest in knowing that the outcome of our plight will be handled efficiently by God.

For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15