What was his secret? How did he do it? The answer lies in the final phrase of 1 Peter 2:23, "He entrusted himself to him who judges justly." In our day we hear lots of talk about claiming our rights. That spirit comes into the church and we hear people getting angry and saying, "How dare you trample on my rights?" Most of our problems stem from claiming our rights. But the Bible turns that upside down. You aren't to think of your rights first. You are to think of others first.

When you are misunderstood, repeat these four sentences:

It's not about me. It's not about now.
It's all about God. It's all about eternity.

As you read these words, I encourage you to stop right now and say those four sentences out loud. Write them down on a card, and put the card where you can see it. Try repeating those sentences every day for a week so that the truth will be tattooed on your soul.

The followers of Jesus will sometimes be misunderstood not only by the world but by other Christians. May God give us the spirit of Jesus that we might walk in his steps.

Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of  Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas and is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He is the author of dozens of books, including  Credo, The Healing Power of ForgivenessAn Anchor for the Soul and  Why Did This Happen to Me? View recent entries on Ray's blog.

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