In this final blog on employee/employer relationships, I want us to turn to Peter. Most who have worked for employers have experienced some degree of unfairness, mistreatment or as Peter puts it, “masters [who are] unjust” (1 Peter 2:18). Remember that Peter and his family had a fishing business. He may have been a rough employer and was reflecting back on his own treatment of employees who worked for him.
Notice what Peter says about such circumstances; “For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God” (2:19–20).
Showing grace to others who do not deserve it is exactly what God has done to us when we “were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Two things are taking place when we are “gracious” to those who do not deserve it. 1) We must remember our lost condition before salvation. 2) We are representing God to those who cause us to “suffering unjustly.”
Your challenge may not be an employer or an employee, but I am certain there are like situations in all of our lives that require the same attitude Peter is presenting here. BE GRACIOUS!
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