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For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

1 Peter 2:21-23

Have you ever been misunderstood? Jesus was the epitome of someone who was misunderstood. He “committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth” yet he was treated like a criminal and suffered the penalty of a murderer. We’ve all been there, maybe not to the degree that Jesus was misunderstood, but still, it’s a painful thing when you are misunderstood. People twist our words or judge us prematurely without knowing all the facts. Some people are imprisoned unjustly, made out to be criminals when in fact they are innocent. Often times we are also unjustly accused or talked about, but whatever form it takes, it’s never pleasant.

So what do you do when you’re misunderstood? Here Peter says “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps”. Being misunderstood is a form of suffering. Peter says that though he committed no sin, “while being reviled, He did not revile in return”. That’s a hard pill to swallow because if you’re like me you want to set the record straight or get even with those who are accusing you. But Jesus “uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously”. There’s the key, “entrust” yourself to God who is the only perfect judge. Let him set the record straight in His own time. Perhaps you’ll never even be understood this side of heaven, but just keep “entrusting” yourself to Him. He’ll make the final judgment and it’s only his judgment that counts.