I Peter 2:21-24
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
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In both public and private arenas, I have witnessed extreme reactions to wrong-doing. One reaction is to blame other and/or seek vengeance. Another extreme reaction is to take on more responsibility personally that is called for and walking away, leaving others to deal with cleaning up and fixing the situation. Fight or flight. It takes strength of character to admit one's failures and to stay in order to deal with the consequences and the redemptive healing needed. It also take a community willing to forgive. In the human arena, realistically there are still only the two options - fight or flight. Jesus introduced another way. Perhaps we can only press our noses against a dark glass to see it within our reach, but it is there and one day, we will not need to smash our noses to know it.
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Holy God, may we be quick to seek your forgiveness and participate in your redeeming work. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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