In 1 Peter 2:19-25, the apostle Peter shows us what Christlikeness truly is. He says that when it comes to true heroism, we need look no further than Jesus. And if we are to be followers of Christ, Peter gives us three areas in which we must emulate Him.

Following Jesus means that we do not repay evil for evil, even when we feel justified doing so. In the context of an utter dictatorship where Christians had no recourse when they suffered injustice, Peter called fellow believers to imitate Christ, who “did not retaliate; . . . [and] made no threats” (1 Peter 2:23).

Following Jesus means that we wait patiently for God’s justice. No sin escapes God’s notice. His Word assures us again and again that Jesus will return as the supreme judge. Not as the one who was insulted and slapped in the face, but as the God of power and might. Not as the one who helplessly hung on a cross, but as the Lion of Judah who is going to make His enemies His footstool. He will bring complete and final justice.

Following Jesus means that we must never compromise Biblical Truth, regardless of the cost. God provides only one way for sin to be dealt with: through confession and repentance. Only Christ’s stripes can mend our brokenness. Only His death can raise us to new life. No matter what suffering comes our way, this Truth remains. So let us stand firm in it.

Christian, you have been called to emulate Christ. Are you following in His footsteps? He has called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light; is it not glorious? Do not be burdened with the injustices of this world. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, and trust God even when you face trials and suffering. Remember the care of your Father who did not spare even His own Son, and look forward to the day when He will wipe away every tear. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are worthy of all praise. Your love is astounding; Your hope is glorious. Help me to trust in You, looking to the cross for my strength, peace, and joy. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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