Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday Night, April 22
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Proverbs 19:11 ERV "Experience makes you more patient, and you are most patient when you ignore insults."
As I read about Jesus' trials and the crucifixion, one of the things that struck me was the fact that Jesus, I mean Jesus Christ the Son of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, was spat upon, buffeted (blown hard), and slapped by mere mortals, and He did nothing at all about it! That got my attention.
I imagining that quite a number of toes were stepped upon today: I can imagine people being upset about how they were rudely spoken to by their junior colleagues at work, or something else, maybe less or worse; some might have sworn to deal with whoever upset them, and they are strategizing right now; they are obviously not going to turn the other cheek.
1 Peter 2:19 shows us what pleases God. It says, "One of you might have to suffer even when you have done nothing wrong. If you think of God and bear the pain, this pleases God." Ignoring insults and choosing not to react negatively pleases God thereby making Him responsible for reacting on your behalf.