Thursday, December 13, 2012

After exhausting all wit and sarcasm...

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 1 Peter 2:15

Tell me the truth. Just how often do you find yourself heeding this advice? Before you answer that, you may want to go back and read some of your Facebook statuses and comments. Yeah, it doesn't look so good.

For most of us this is more of a last resort, to be deployed after we have ran out of witty comebacks and pointed sarcasm.

But what if...

What if rather than fighting fire with fire, we simply continued to obey God? If we would watch our tongues, control our tempers, and place more value in how God sees us, as opposed to how the world sees us? If we would realize that we have nothing to win in this world, because we have already have it all in Christ?

Just think how powerful this would be. Your adversary digs in, readying himself for the fight, only to learn that their opinions of you aren't the measure of your self worth. That your confidence rest in the love of God, allowing you to bless in the face of cursing and having the freedom to love instead of defend.

The result...

How would they react to this unexpected, unheard of tactic? For one thing, most will quickly lose interest in tormenting when they realize that they can't use you for sport. What fun is a game if there's no one to play with?

Secondly, they'll be left scratching their heads as to your ability and reason for withstanding them so. You're different. How? Why? Aren't these the questions we want them to ask of us as witnesses of Jesus Christ? How awesome would it be to have them ask you, "for the reason of the hope that is in you," (1 Peter 3:15) rather than always trying to convince them that it's really there?

No, it's not easy...

Peter spends a lot of time on this issue of maintaining a loving, steadfast response in the face of adversity. Why? Because it's difficult, unnatural, and quickly forgotten. We need frequent reminders and the realization that we can only succeed through the grace and power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer is a necessity. Our conversations with others won't be made right, without our actively conversing with God first.

So the next time you're faced with the ignorance of foolish people (you won't have to wait long), let's try using God's method of silencing them. 

Now if you will excuse me, I've got some praying to do!

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