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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How a Christian Should Act In Trials

1 Peter 2:21-23 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 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.

Christ is our example. He committed no sin, but He never opened His mouth to hurl back insults or defend Himself. He made no threats, but trusted in God. We need to keep quiet, keep going and keep trusting.

Keep reading the Bible. In fact read it more! Keep serving, keep close to God. God wants us to come to Him as our refuge. If we hold on long enough we’ll see Him meet our needs. He will either make the suffering go away or support us through it.

1 Peter 5:6-10 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Ask what is God trying to teach me in my present suffering? Sometimes it may be to see consequences of our actions so we’ll turn from sin. But, we should always continue to praise Him and love Him through it all to show people Christ in us. That our faith is strong and not dependent on “happenings”, but on the knowledge that we are saved.

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