20200429 Days to Pentecost 13- The servant who died to sins.
At first, I was moved to pity and poignant for those who read this Peter’s letter while I was reading this passage.
But the more I read, the clearer I could hear what God was saying to me, and at the same time, enlightenment, repentance, and desire came.
Peter wrote this letter specifically to the Slaves (servants).
Their social status was the lowest.
But as we can see from the passage, they are not just servants, but the servant who has been saved despite their identity as servants. Their souls have been freed from sin and become free men, but their reality is that they still have to live as servants.
But Peter did not ask them to live freely, as they were free, but to bear up under the pain of unjust suffering.
Rather, He told them to submit themselves not only to the good and generous masters but also harsh masters even if they are unfairly beaten and sad. (v. 19-20)
“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.” (v. 18-19)
How did they accept these words Peter delivers?
There may be many sad things in their servants’ lives, but they seem to have gained strength to bear up.
In the past, they might hate their masters and have revengeful thought with resentment and sadness,
but if they died to sins with Christ, now they might be able to endure without sin even if they are hurt and unfair.
After believing in Jesus, I tell that I am living as a servant to serve people.
On the contrary to them, I was free before I was saved, but after I was saved, I am saying I live like a servant who serves everyone.
I don’t meet only congenial companies in my life.
Sometimes, I meet people whose personalities are twisted and who abuse their power spiritually and personally.
Through these words, I found that I am a servant who has not died to sins.
I found that I revenge and hate harsh masters countless times in my hearts.
I can see myself struggling to handle the sin even though I know it’s a sin.
"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." (V. 22-24)
The Words say that the reason Jesus endured suffering and hung on the tree is because of me.
The Words say that Jesus suffered and endured first to make me die to sins and live for righteousness.
I repent my sins today before Jesus who are crucified and declare that I have died to sin with Him.
Whenever I feel sad for people, I hope I can live as a servant who can remember these words of the day.
Lord, help me to cry out that I have died to sins with Christ whenever I feel sad for harsh people. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.