How to Handle Mistreatment
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Peter 2-4
Now as you're turning to the book of 1st Peter … think with me back over 2010 for just a moment and answer this question: were you mistreated in anyway in 2010?
For you .. perhaps it was your employee. For others it was your spouse or a parent. You didn't get what you felt you deserved and you feel you were mistreated.
For you it may have happened within our fellowship. Perhaps you feel you were mistreated by somebody in your Sunday School small group class … or by somebody in the choir .. or a staff member or a deacon. For you .. you feel you were mistreated by the Pastor!
Well .. you need to know how to handle mistreatment .. because if not .. it can poison your life if you mishandle it. Gandhi was correct when he said that "if we live by 'an eye for an eye' the whole world would be blind." The good news for us here tonight is that we can be victorious when mistreatment comes our way. And that's what I want to talk to you about from the book of 1st Peter: How to Handle Mistreatment because you won't go very far into 2011 until somebody is going to mistreat you. And when it happens … you need to know how to respond so that you don't become their prisoner.
Throughout the Bible .. you find many examples of people who were mistreated: Moses was mistreated. David was mistreated. Job was mistreated. Joseph was mistreated. Our Lord was mistreated.
I think of those 12 disciples and how they were mistreated. And that includes Peter! In fact .. we need to learn something about being mistreated that Peter learned and it's this: when we handle mistreatment correctly .. it is a witness that we're really saved.
Philippians 1.27-28, "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terr ...
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