When Doing Right Gets You in Trouble
1 Peter 2:18-20
charles e whisnant, teacher
“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God” (I Peter 2:18-20).
1A Three Perspectives on Suffering
Let me offer three perspectives on suffering in the Christian life that we need to keep in mind:
1B Sometimes we suffer for no apparent reason.
2B Sometimes we suffer because of mistakes we have made
3B Sometimes we suffer unjustly at the hands of others.
2A How should we respond to unjust suffering?
Our text suggests three answers.
1B The Command—”Submit … to those who are harsh” 18
2B The Promise—”For this is grace” 19-20
1C When we are threatened and refuse to compromise our faith, this is grace.
2C When we suffer for what we believe and do not complain, this is grace.
3C When we are passed over and refuse to get bitter, this is grace.
4C When we endure harsh treatment and still praise the Lord, this is grace.
5C When we are falsely accused and do not retaliate, this is grace.
6C When we are ripped off and can still smile, this is grace.
7C When we lose the game but not our temper, this is grace
3B The Reason—”Because he is conscious of God” 19
1C I am where I am right now by God’s appointment.
2C If God wanted me to be somewhere else, I’d be somewhere else.
3C When God wants me somewhere else, I’ll be somewhere else.
4C Because God is good, it must be for my good to be where I am right now.
5C The fact that I can’t see any good in my present situation doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It just means I can’t see it right now.
Do we believe God is involved in the worst moments of life? Is he there or not?
3A When we forget God, a number of bad things happen:
1B We give in to despair.
2B We begin to blame others.
3B We harbor ill-will.
4B We act hastily.
5B We seek revenge.
4A When we endure mistreatment patiently and without resentment:
1B We break the chain of violence.
2B We set ourselves free on the inside.
3B We are not angry with the world simply because we do not flourish in it.
4B We are not unhappy that others have it easier than we do.
5B We are not sullen when we are mistreated.
5A Why? Because we are conscious of God.
1B Your suffering is not about you. It’s about God. Learn that truth and it will transform your life.metimes we have a hard time admitting the truth about ourselves.
When hard times come, and we feel mistreated, it’s easy to come to some incorrect conclusions:
“God doesn’t understand what