Suffering for doing what is Right
But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats…Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 1 Peter 3:14,16 NLT
A couple of years ago, I took a trip to visit family, and what should have been a peaceful time, Satan attempted to create chaos because two individuals disagreed with a decision that was made to do what was right. The disappointment was overwhelming; however, true character traits were revealed by the vicious words that flowed from their mouths.
I contacted my Mother for spiritual advice, and her words were to, “Pray and remain silent.” I must admit that I wanted to speak out and verbalize my inner feelings. In fact, I began to have feelings that led to internal conflict; after all, I was the innocent victim who had been verbally abused. Even so, I was obedient, prayed, studied the Bible, and remained silent without retaliation. Because of my decision to let God handle the situation, my trip was memorable filled with laughter, great food, and quality family time.
We must always stand for what is right according to God’s standards. The problem is Self–we desire to resolve the battles that we face in our lives. If we are humble and remain silent in adversity, there is a godly power and force that will bring resolution in a way that our puny minds cannot begin to comprehend.
When we think, act, and live according to truth and righteousness, God has given us spiritual advice on how to handle conflict:
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1 NLT
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; Psalm 37:1 NIV
The word “Fret” reminds me of unhappy children who continuously whine and moan, usually about something they wanted but did not receive. We must not take opposition personally—do not be offended when the road is bumpy; God has the shocks for us to ride over the obstacles without receiving damage. Let go of the hurt by simply asking God to take away the pain.
Truth and righteousness are never on the side of the majority. So we should not be surprised by those who take a stand against us; in fact, we must prepare ourselves for continuous opposition by staying close to God through prayer and the study of His Word.
“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
God will always bring a victorious end to the fierce opposition we face–if we only step aside!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
Bible Reading: Psalms 27, 37
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please teach us to wait patiently on you when the winds of strife enter our lives. We acknowledge that we are using our own techniques and strategies to resolve conflict, and for this, we ask forgiveness. You did not equip us to fight the battles with our own strength, and we realize that it is only through your power that we can be overcomers and have the victory. Thank you for being our Defender against the wickedness that exists. May we always call on your name in the time of trouble. This prayer we ask in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.