He Did Not Retaliate
1 Peter 2:23

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2011, Max D. Hutto,

“While being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1 Peter 2:23 NASB

Peter continues to describe how Jesus was the perfect example in dealing with abusive speech and threats. Jesus fulfilled more of Isaiah’s prophecy when He faced the trial and crucifixion yet chose to remain silent. To “revile” is to spew insults and abusive words at another person. To “threaten” is to utter words of revenge, seeking punishment on those who are causing the pain and suffering. While Jesus was reviled and suffered unjustly, He did not retaliate by reviling or threatening those who abused Him. Instead Jesus trusted in God the Father to deal with the situation and to ultimately vindicate Him as righteous.

Lord Jesus, help me not to revile or threaten others even when stressed out by evil done to me. I trust in the Sovereign God who gives strength to endure and who hands out ultimate justice.



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