Our Example.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“. . . But, if when you do what is right and suffer for it, you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example to follow in His steps . . .” 1 Peter 2:20,21

We Christians forget, at times, our purpose.

What purpose? To reflect the Character of Jesus.

And when, do you think, does the character of Jesus shine like the morning sun? When is the glory of His nature most poignantly displayed? I believe the above verse is teaching us when that moment is possible in our lives. It is within the darkness of our suffering.

There is a phrase commonly used: “It is darkest before the dawn.” This is so true. But, each morning, when the darkness seems to be at its fiercest and its most unrelenting; when the cold blue/black of the night presses upon our spirit as if it will never end; there seeps from within it the blood-red tendrils of the dawn. Within a short while, the suns breaks forth from below the horizon, and its light vanquishes the darkness . . .

We Christians forget, at times, our purpose.

What purpose? To let the light of the love of God be displayed through the darkness of our suffering. To show the world that, no evil, no suffering, no tragedy, no disaster, no sorrow or pain, can defeat the love of God in our lives. To make it abundantly clear that the Mercy of Jesus overcomes sin, that the Grace of Jesus overcomes failure, that the Truth of Jesus overcomes the lies, that the Love of Jesus overcomes hatred, that the Meekness of Jesus overcomes pride and that the Life of Jesus overcomes death.

Just as the sunrise faithfully, completely and perpetually overcomes the darkness of the night; so does the Light of the World, Jesus Christ overcome the darkness of our suffering in this world.

This is our purpose as Christians, to put this glorious love on display for all those suffering in the darkness of sin and shame and guilt; and to offer them what we have been given:

The dawning of a new and glorious day where all the darkness of this fallen world is defeated!

We must reflect our Example:

“Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by his wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:22-25

SHINE, BELIEVERS IN JESUS! ~Ron

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

 

7 thoughts on “Our Example.

  1. Sometimes my comments work on the site I’m using. Mostly, my problem? they don’t. I can not get the site to post the comment, but hope and believe, with WordPress.com; that my comment is being posted to you, or anyone. What am I, the 110 year old man (just kidding) doing wrong? I LOVE YOUR HEART’S PASSION and the way that you express yourself with words Ron. Please, pray for me, and us all. Getting older is no fun for any of us. Blessings eternal. Timothy

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