Summary: How to endure suffering with proper spirit
ENDURING SUFFERING WITH PROPER SPIRIT
Various duties like duty of submitting to civil rulers, The duty of servants to submit to their masters, though their condition was a hard one in life, and they were often called to suffer wrongfully, This duty was enforced on servants, and on all, from the example of Christ, who was more wronged than any others can be, and who yet bore all his sufferings with entire patience, leaving us an example that we should follow in his steps.
I. SUBMIT YOURSELF TO THE WILL OF GOD (VV. 18-20).
a. Perform faithfully our duties as Christians (v. 18).
1Pe 2:18 Slaves, place yourselves under the authority of your owners and show them complete respect. Obey not only those owners who are good and kind, but also those who are unfair.
b. Observe Christian meekness for God’s glory (v.!9).
1Pe 2:19 God is pleased if a person is aware of him while enduring the pains of unjust suffering.
1Pe 2:20 What credit do you deserve if you endure a beating for doing something wrong? But if you endure suffering for doing something good, God is pleased with you.
II. COMMIT YOUR WILL WITH OUR MASTER (VV. 21-23).
a. Follow His (Christ) Steps (v. 21).
1Pe 2:21 God called you to endure suffering because Christ suffered for you. He left you an example so that you could follow in his footsteps.
b. Follow His Cause and Interest (22-23).
1Pe 2:22 Christ never committed any sin. He never spoke deceitfully.
1Pe 2:23 Christ never verbally abused those who verbally abused him. When he suffered, he didn't make any threats but left everything to the one who judges fairly.
III. KEEP AWAY FROM SIN (VV. 24-25).
a. Christ carried our sins (v. 24).
1Pe 2:24 Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so that freed from our sins, we could live a life that has God's approval. His wounds have healed you.
b. Christ came to seek and save (v. 25).
1Pe 2:25 You were like lost sheep. Now you have come back to the shepherd and bishop of your lives.
To endure suffering with proper spirit was inclined with these three principles; by submitting yourself to the will of God, committing yourself to the will of our Master and keeping away from sin.