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1 Peter 2:22: He Committed No Sin, Neither Was Deceit Found In His Mouth.

1 Peter 2:22
[22] He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (ESV)

We have discovered that suffering is a part of the life of every believer. All people will suffer. What matters is how well we suffer. God allows us to endure suffering, and we can either glorify God in our suffering, or we can be angry at God, claiming that somehow we are above having to suffer. Peter reminds us today that our example is Christ himself. 

Jesus, the suffering servant, is the example for us of how we should suffer. Notice that Jesus committed no sin, and was never deceitful. At first glance, we could think that he would be above suffering. After all, he was perfect! There is something in our heads that tells us if we are pure, and we do not sin, we will avoid suffering. This is a concept not found in Scripture.

None of us need worry about ever being accused of being without sin. A daily dose of honesty will be enough to remind ourselves that we are far from perfect. Scripture also helps us. Paul says in Romans 3:10-12: "As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (ESV)

People will often say, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" They don't. As the Apostle Paul just reminded us, there are no good people. If Jesus was perfect and sinless, yet suffered the greatest persecution, how can we, who are not sinless, expect to escape suffering? Our great example was sinless. We will do well to learn from his example and be comforted by his comfort.

Our wonderful savior understands your suffering. Tell him how you feel. He will bring you the comfort you need. He will not take you out of the suffering, but he will bring you through it. Trust him.