Real talk: I have been up almost 2 hours stewing in my heart over something that was said to me about me yesterday that I really feel misrepresented me in a big way. Little truths inspired it, but all-in-all, the picture that was presented was inaccurate to say the least. All of this by someone I am under the authority of…
As I sat here wondering how I would handle this today, and what I would say to this person or someone else in authority regarding said misrepresentation, it finally hit me, and I thought: “I haven’t consulted the Word about this.” And I kind of knew what God would likely have to say about it and I knew I wouldn’t like it.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. (1 Peter 2:18-19 ESV)
But I’m feeling pretty humbled and set back in my seat. This exaggeration made about me is a minor infraction, and despite my theories for why it was escalated this far, it says more about me as a follower of Christ to NOT defend myself than it does for me to challenge her authority and go on the defense.
I’m hurt, my feelings and my pride are hurt. But if I endure it, and I keep working hard, to my earthly masters it might mean nothing, but to God, my heavenly Lord, it means everything.
Granted, in context, this scripture goes on to say, For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:20-23 ESV)
I am not blameless in this situation. I have done wrong, despite the wrong I committed not being what was presented against me. But honestly, all the more reason to take this one on the chin.
Praise be to God for His Word, seriously. Praying today that He might shut up my complaining mouth, and may that Holy Spirit come along side me to strengthen me to work harder to be blameless.