Suffering’s Painful Noise May Be Anger

November 26, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 2

Today there is very little talk of giving up personal license or freedom for the sake of others. There are shouts of: “You’ve infringed on my rights! You can’t take my rights away from me!”

The painful noise feels like fire ants with thousands of toothsome-friends, setting your right leg ablaze. “Remember, I’m from the land of don’t tread on me!”

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Wisely we ask, “How shall we then live?” Disciples follow Christ in each part of life. No part of our soul is exempt.

Our brother Peter prompts us, “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21—emphasis added). Consider this question: “Did Jesus expect disciples to follow him in giving up personal or political rights?” Or rephrased: “How and when should Jesus’ example be followed?”

As disciples we might wonder if Jesus gave up any rights. Actually, we do not have to wonder at all. Scripture reports, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23—emphasis added). The statement is strong in the faith and could be a hard teaching requiring an expanded time of study and reflection.

Disciples know we dare not read over the word suffering, remaining unaware of the impact for Christ. Giving up Divine rights brought Jesus into the world fully engulfed in human suffering. Suffering alwayshas the connection of Christ coming for us and eventually to the cross.

Life Ponderings

Does Jesus submitting to the will of the Father fit into your discipleship?

Among the rights given up by Jesus which do you find profound?

Is it ever hard to give up what society says are your rights?

Do you find yourself struggling to give up a particular spiritual, political or healthcare related personal right?

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Grace and peace to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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