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1 Peter 2:19-25

God’s Approval

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1 Peter 2:19-25
God’s Approval

By Lois Parker Edstrom

I love life lessons. Here is something to think about and it is right out of the Bible: “when …you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God. (2:20).

Let’s talk about what this means. Suppose someone said something about you that was mean and untrue. That would make most of us unhappy and we would want to make it right. We might yell at the person who said the unkind words. Sometimes we may even feel like hitting, but we don’t. We all get upset when someone says or does something that hurts us. That’s natural, but we have a choice. We can fret and worry about it or let it go.

The Bible teaches us that when you have done nothing wrong and yet you are treated badly, if you decide to be patient with the person who has wronged you, you “have God’s approval.” What could be better than that?

When we deal with unpleasant or hurtful people we need to decide when to take action (sometimes you need to get an adult to help you with certain situations) and when to be patient. This Bible verse teaches us that sometimes it is best to be gentle and let go of our need to fight back.

Little life lessons like this are really big lessons for how to have a happy life. We all want that!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan