I was a bitter person, being an elder brother and a choleric. When I knew someone’s records and standings were better than mine, I often sensed the bitterness of being lost to someone. I was envious and selfish.
The bitterness is my “default mode” as a human being and I have to say it’s very hard to turn that “default mode” to the “becoming like Jesus”. However, thanks to the Lord Jesus, when I return to bitterness, it doesn’t last long since I know there’s something more than being bitter, envious, and selfish. For me, they are love and the knowledge that achievements are nothing compared to what I have become in Lord Jesus Christ.
Today’s Solid Joys for me personally is a crucial part that deepens the antidote in overcoming bitterness. Generally, I believe it serves as another reminder for everyone of us about how Lord Jesus conquered bitterness and why we as Christians should follow His footsteps.
Lord Jesus blesses you!
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 2:23)
No one was more grievously sinned against than Jesus. Every ounce of animosity against him was fully undeserved.
No one has ever lived who was more worthy of honor than Jesus; and no one has been dishonored more.
If anyone had a right to get angry and be bitter and vengeful, it was Jesus. How did he control himself when scoundrels, whose very lives he sustained, spit in his face? 1 Peter 2:23 gives the answer.
What this verse means is that Jesus had faith in the future grace of God’s righteous judgment. He did not need to avenge himself for all the indignities he suffered, because he entrusted his cause to God. He left vengeance in God’s hands and prayed for his enemies’ repentance (Luke 23:34).
Peter gives this glimpse into Jesus’ faith so that we would learn how to live this way ourselves. He said, “You have been called [to endure harsh treatment patiently] . . . because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
If Christ conquered bitterness and vengeance by faith in future grace, how much more should we, since we have far less right to murmur for being mistreated than he did?