To our Praying Believers,
"When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly." (1 Peter 2:23)
How can we forgive when a fellow believer has offended us or when someone close to us has hurt us? Our indignation at a terrible offense does not evaporate just because the perpetrator is a Christian. In fact, we may feel even more betrayed. And a simple, "I'm sorry" may seem utterly disproportionate to the offense.
One answer is that we can look to the Cross of Christ. All the wrongs that have been done throughout history were redressed in the death of Jesus because the sins of all people were laid on Jesus. No one was more grievously sinned against than Jesus Himself. Every wrongdoing against him was completely undeserved. If anyone had a right to get angry and be bitter and vengeful, it was Jesus. How did he control himself when the very lives he sustained, spit in his face?
Peter gives this glimpse into Jesus so that we would learn how to live this way ourselves. He said, "You have been called [to endure harsh treatment patiently] . . . because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:21).
The staff and board of Love in the Name of Christ