Thought for the day #323

 

PATIENT ENDURANCE

 

18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 1 Peter 2:18-22 (New American Standard Bible)

 

The workplace is the most predominant area of injustice, ridicule and unfairness for most people today. there is very little old-fashioned fair dealing and loyalty extended to people anymore.

 

Older members of our generation remember when people would do business with a handshake, treat their employees with respect and fairness, and produce a quality product for a fair price.

 

In return, employees felt privileged to work for someone who appreciated their efforts. They returned loyalty and hard work to their employer.

 

Those days have long been forgotten. The mammon God has filled hearts with greed and self-interest. Most people feel the abuse from those caught up in the lust for money and power.

 

This is not limited to the workplace. It may take form in many other areas of our life. You may find that you are unjustly accused, unfairly treated and abused. 

 

Jesus set the standard for us as we deal with such treatment.

 

 One invites abusive action from others when undesirable actions and attitudes reside in one's life. There is no great reward through enduring hurtful response that one brings upon self. Such a person reaps what they sow.

 

The person that exercises integrity toward others, giving no cause for negative response, is often mistreated as well. When one endures abuse with patience, God will reward and bless.

 

Determine to return your abuse with loving grace and you will be greatly rewarded by your heavenly Father. He will give you endurance in the hard place, extending blessing and patience to you when you act as Jesus would. You will reap great rewards.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I to become impatient and frustrated when I know that I have been unjustly treated. Anger wells up within me. I want to strike back and get even. I know this is wrong. Please forgive me, and help me to handle it with patient grace. Give me the ability to forgive those who unjustly persecute me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.