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Chambers, Oswald

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

Every person who suffers can measure, according to the depths of his own suffering, the sublimity and divinity of our Lordwho, when he suffered, "threatened not." Jesus did not retaliate or make threats toward the person or group who caused Him to suffer.

Jesus did not suffer because He was a wrongdoer. Oftentimes you and I have. One who suffers as a wrongdoer often responds in rancorous spite and with threats. Suffering, when the heart knows nothing of trust in God nor love for Him, is damning, not saving; it will respond in venomous threats and evil deeds.

Sarcasm, cynicism, slander, murder, war, and lawsuits spring from sufferingwhich springs from wrongdoing and a wrong temper.

Suffering is the heritage of the bad, the penitent, and the sons of God. All end at the Cross. The bad thief was crucified, the pentitent thief was crucified, and the Son of God was crucified. All three represent the widespread history of suffering in our world.

Oswald Chambers