One of the most painful experiences in life is the feeling of being taken advantage of by someone else. I’m sure all of us have been there at some point or another. Maybe it involved being wronged by someone you trusted, or being ripped off by someone who used you for their own ends, or being mistreated by someone in a position of authority. A common reaction to such mistreatment at the hands of others is to seek revenge. There is a part of us that wants to retaliate. Well, the believers to whom Peter’s letter is addressed had known that kind of hurt. They knew what it meant to be taken to the cleaners, to be exploited and used, and totally taken advantage of by their persecutors. How were they to respond? Peter gets to that in 1 Peter 2:18. Here, Peter takes up the issue of submission to authority figures, in their case as servants, to ‘masters,’ even to those who were treating them unfairly.
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