Taking It Patiently "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (1 Peter 2:21). Exactly what example is Peter talking about and to what are we called? Certainly there are many things that Christ did that are examples for us to follow but Peter is talking about something in particular. If you read the previous verses, starting with verse 18, Peter makes it clear precisely what he was talking about. "Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God" (verses 18-20). The example Peter is talking about is suffering, with patience, undeserved punishment. Christ is the only person to walk this earth having committed no sin (1 Peter 2:22). In the entire process of being tried, beaten and crucified Jesus suffered His fate with patience knowing what the end result would be. 2 Cor. 5:15 tells us that Christ "died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again." When we suffer because we do well, do we really take it patiently? Are our thoughts centered on saving the souls of those who are hurting us or do we search for a way of retribution? Peter tells us we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ, to do as He did. At some point in the life of a Christian, suffering will take place. The world is "allergic" to the goodness that Christ brings and thus His disciples will also suffer for doing good (Matt. 10:25). Make sure that when you do suffer that you take it patiently. Our God may very well turn that moment of suffering into an opportunity to save the souls of those causing you harm. In Christ, Steve Preston Sign up for BibleTalk, short messages from God's word, by sending an email to bibletalk-subscribe@... or on the web at www.freegroups.net/groups/bibletalk.