“When you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.” 1 Peter 2:20
Recently I read a small thought on the Orange fruit giving Orange juice how much ever it is squeezed, while we under pressure bring out many things that otherwise is unlikely of us. This message ended up with a note: if what we bring out is anger, grudge, hatred, jealousy, vengeance, is it what we are really made up of? All of us from our childhood have been taught to do good, we have been taught to love, share, care and forgive. However without anyone having to teach us, an adaptive culture of the survival of the fittest slowly evolves and vile thoughts with self-compromises creep in as an untaught lesson. Often times we would have even heard people commenting, “an honest man is a foolish man”, “truth does not always help”, “people who forgive and forget will always be stamped upon”, “One needs to be shrewd to live in this big bad world”, and “if things continue going this way I’ll show my other face or I’ll show my true colour”. Probably there were times when our own lips uttered one of these or similar to these. While these are all natural human expressions of exploitation, when we try our best to keep up the virtues we have learnt as the ideal human characters, The Word of God advocates something completely different. According to the Bible, we are to endure all the sufferings patiently. We have this very special Book that does not conform to the pattern of this world, despite all practicalities. It does warn us of the possible problems the Children of God may encounter. It brings the plain truth in front of us and does not conceal the fact that there is suffering to those who do good. Keeping aside all our natural reactions and emotions, may we start realising the one who is within us is much greater than anyone else in the world (I John 4:4), and start practising to be patient when we suffer even while doing good? May we ask ourselves whether we are striving hard to gain the earthly honours or to be commended by God Himself? Don’t we realise that our citizenship is in Heaven above and life on earth is the time given for us to win souls for Christ? Are we going to turn the erring one from destruction or fall with them? My dear friends in Christ, as we begin this month, may we realise that we are called to be strong in being gentle, to hurry up in being patient, to be proud in humility, to be bold in being weak, to be courageous in our fears because we are His children, and Heavenly honours are our goal!