For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer for it, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. -1Peter2:20
What that is saying is something that has taken me years to learn. Peter is not saying that suffering is a commendable thing. What is commendable is that one has submitted to God’s will and that he is suffering, not because he did something wrong, but because he did something right. In addition, he is not striking back, which is what his emotions would lead him to do.
We desire others—especially God—to be patient and forgiving toward us in our faults, but we don’t practice the same attitude and conduct toward those whose faults offend us. Patience is a two-way street, and God clearly demands reciprocity.
I’m done with the drama.
By turning the other cheek, I can rise from the ashes of past mistakes like a phoenix.
By not participating in drama, my life is so much easier.
I don’t have to acknowledge these proddings that are inflicted upon me.
The idiom sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt has never rang more true for me, than recently.
The things that were hurting me, were the reactions. I’m accepting responsibility for my mistakes and learning from them.
If I had just turned the other cheek, and patiently waited, nothing would have happened.
I do not seek the approval of strangers anymore. Many of these people injecting their thoughts into the situation are only spoon-fed bits of information they see on social media. I wrote about it, recently: Social media kills interpersonal communication🤦♀️
My reactions have become ammunition that has been used against me, but I am done with the drama, there won’t be anymore reactions. All I want is peace and positivity, and the world is starting to see that is true.
I chose to be my best friend.