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The Value of Corporate Injustice

Many of you in our platoon of fellow warriors have occupations that put you face-to-face with injustice and interpersonal strife on a daily basis. This can be very grating, especially when those in authority over us misuse their authority and treat us unfairly.

Have you ever thought about the value of the heartburn we suffer at work? Not the value for antacid manufacturers, of course, but the value for ministry. Consider Peter’s words:

1 Peter 2:21, 23
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps…when He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten but continued entrusting himself to the one who judges justly.

Since Jesus set this example, we naturally should follow in His steps. And when we follow this example, people will notice.

The reason we can be confident that people will notice is that such a response to injustice is uncommon. Indeed, if people practiced what Peter was talking about, there would be no need for the exhortation in the first place.

When we respond well to injustice, we are in a position of strength to minister to others because we gain credibility. People may listen to the office whiner, but they respect someone who is gracious to the undeserving. In order to capitalize on this strength, we could wait until someone asks us about the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), but it’s even better to be intentional and prayerfully interject our perspective by challenging negative attitudes toward authority as God provides opportunity.

Now it’s your turn! What effects has your attitude toward authority had on your witness?

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