November 19, 2023

Our Example

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps […] when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”—1 Peter 2:21–23

During His life on earth, Jesus experienced many challenges. He was rejected and criticized. Ultimately, He was falsely accused, tried, and sentenced to death on a cross.

Facing these kinds of circumstances, He could have responded in many ways. Encountering opposition, He could have attacked or lashed out. Some might have felt the need to be defensive or justify their actions. To this point, Pilate marveled that, when accused, Jesus did not even defend Himself (Mark 15:1–5).

When some would not accept Jesus, James and John wanted to command fire to come down and consume these critics. But Jesus explained that He did not come to destroy but to save (Luke 9:51–56). They needed to understand His motives, His mission.

The Bible tells us that through every experience, Jesus provided us with an example. He continually focused on doing the will of the Father and accomplishing His work (John 4:34). He could be so focused because He had pure motives and was free of deceit (Isaiah 53:9). Knowing the Father was always with Him, He was free from worry and fear. Jesus completely trusted His Father and could focus on the mission He was given.

In every situation, follow Jesus’ example. Ask yourself how He would respond. Pray about each situation. Seek to apply biblical principles. Be sure your heart is pure and that you are focused on doing the will of the Father. Trust Him.

Reflection Question: Write a prayer asking God to show you any deceit or sin in your heart.

Prayer
Father, search my heart. Show me if I am guilty of deceit. Help me to live a life of purity that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Peter 2

Prayer
Father, search my heart. Show me if I am guilty of deceit. Help me to live a life of purity that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Peter 2