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Take Criticism and Condemnation With Grace

October 15, 2021

Take Criticism and Condemnation With Grace

1 Peter 2:23 (KJV) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.

Indeed, you know that the Apostle Peter speaks in this scripture about the gentle, unassuming, loving nature of Jesus Christ, especially when a person points a finger of judgment towards Him, without merit.  As Jesus Christ suffers, he does not treat others with the same contempt and disregard. Instead, he reacts with gentleness and love despite the severe criticism and hurtful judgment dished out by others.

One day soon, all unrepentant sinners will face the judgment of God, which will be both deserved and unrelenting.  At this moment, those who seek to honor and glorify God choose to take others’ offenses and criticism with grace.  A humble-hearted attitude allows the offender to see the love of God at work in their life despite the stark condition of their soul.  Indeed, grace offers a wrongdoer unconditional and consistent love, covering known offenses with compassion rather than condemnation.  It provides the grace of God to other souls in need of spiritual empathy rather than resorting to pointed critical remarks that thrusts wounds deeply in hurting souls.

The Apostle Peter here illustrates that Jesus Christ desires we treat others according to His selfless, spiritually forgiving approach.  This approach can cover many sins, work as a balm to soothe wounded souls, and if God allows, it can open eyes and ears to appreciate the love of Jesus Christ personally. 

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