mistreated while doing good presented by steven schiller

           MISTREATED FOR DOING GOOD      PRESENTED BY STEVEN SCHILLER

1Pe 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 

I. WHAT IS COMMENDABLE CONDUCT BEFORE GOD?

A. TO SUFFER PATIENTLY WHEN MISTREATED FOR DOING GOOD...

1. Consider the example given by Peter...

a. A servant is trying to serve his master well

b. For some reason, however, his master mistreats him

c. The servant "finds favor" in God's sight if he patiently

and submissively endures the mistreatment!

2. To put it in other words:

a. When you are doing that which is good...

b. And despite it you are being mistreated...

c. But you endure the unjust treatment patiently...

d. Your patient forbearance is commendable in the sight of

God!

3. Note carefully:

a. It is not simply suffering patiently that is commendable

b. But suffering patiently when you did good, and yet are

abused for it - 1Pe 2:20

B. IS THIS APPLICABLE ONLY IN A MASTER-SLAVE RELATIONSHIP?

1. No! Consider 1Pe 3:13-14,17, where Peter speaks to brethren

in general

2. In writing to servants, then, Peter is applying a general

truth to a specific application

3. It is therefore applicable to any situation where we are told

to submit...

a. E.g., in our relationship to government - 1Pe 2:13

b. E.g., in a wife's relationship to her husband - 1Pe 3:1

c. E.g., in our relationship to one another - Ep 5:21

[So whenever we do good and suffer for it, to endure that suffering

patiently is "commendable conduct before God."

But that is hard! It is our natural inclination to resist and defend

ourselves when we are "in the right" and being mistreated. Indeed, we

want to "stand up for our rights."

To appreciate why patiently enduring suffering while doing good is

commendable before God, let's address the question...]

II. WHY IS THIS CONDUCT COMMENDABLE BEFORE GOD?

A. WE WERE CALLED FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE!

1. Consider 1Pe 2:21-23

a. Christians are called to follow the example of Jesus

b. Just as He suffered patiently when mistreated without

cause, so should we!

2. We have therefore been called to respond to ill treatment with

good treatment - 1Pe 3:9; Lk 6:27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35-36

B. IN VIEW OF THE POTENTIAL GOOD THAT CAN RESULT!

1. See what Jesus accomplished by His patient forbearance to

mistreatment done to Him! - 1Pe 2:24-25

a. The forgiveness of our sins!

b. The restoration of straying sheep back to their Shepherd!

2. By following the example of Jesus, we can have an effect for

good also

a. Returning good for evil, we are more likely to overcome

evil - Ro 12:19-21

b. In this way we are more likely to change those who

persecute us

c. For they are often ashamed when they see how we patiently

endure their mistreatment by doing good

[Just as we were moved by the sacrificial death of Jesus for our sins,

so we might best move others to change their evil ways by patiently

doing good even when they mistreat us. That is why we have been called

to follow the example of Jesus!

Finally, here are some suggestions to the question...]

III. HOW WE CAN BE SURE TO HAVE THIS COMMENDABLE CONDUCT?

A. "REJOICE" THAT YOU ARE COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER...

1. So Peter commanded later in this epistle - 1Pe 4:12,13-14;

also Ac 5:41

2. Just as Christ did in His sermon on the mount - Mt 5:10,11-12

3. Knowing that we are blessed in the sight of God, and have

joined a great group of prophets, apostles, and disciples in

suffering for Christ, can help us to have the proper attitude

(one of joy, not vengeance)

4. Even if those mistreating us do not know that we are

Christians, if our response is governed by Christ's teachings,

we can still have satisfaction in knowing that God is pleased!

B. "RESIST" THE TEMPTATION TO RETALIATE...

1. When we suffer mistreatment by others, Satan is behind it all

- cf. 1Pe 5:8-9

2. He would love to hinder the cause of Christ by having us

retaliate just as people in the world would, proving that

Christians are no different than sinners of the world

3. Don't let him win!

C. "RESPOND" TO MISTREATMENT BY DOING MORE GOOD...

1. When mistreated for doing good, just do more good! - cf. 1 Pe

3:9; Ro 12:20-21

2. For "endure" (1Pe 2:19) means "to bear from underneath, i.e.

(fig.) to undergo hardship", thus to bear up under pressure

3. There is nothing noble (commendable) about stopping when "the

going gets tough"; but when "the tough get going", and going

about doing good, now THAT is commendable!

D. "RELY" ON GOD...

1. Suffering patiently when mistreated for doing good does not

always bring immediate satisfaction

2. We must therefore trust in God, believing that His will is

best

3. So just as Jesus "committed Himself to Him judges righteously"

1Pe 2:23 , so should we - 1Pe 4:19

4. And if our Christ-like behavior does not change the behavior

of those who mistreat us, God will one day do what is right

- cf. Ro 12:19; 2Th 1:6

CONCLUSION

1. Hopefully by following the "four R's" (rejoice, resist, respond,

rely) we can follow in the steps of our Lord and Savior, Jesus

Christ

2. If so, then we can be sure to have "commendable conduct before God"!

We have made reference to what Jesus accomplished by suffering for us,

how He bore our sins on the tree 1Pe 2:24 . Peter also says Jesus

did this "that we, having died to sins might live for righteousness".

Have you "died to sins"? Do you even know how that it is accomplished?

The answer is found in Romans 6:1,2,3,4,5,6,7-8...