Pop Quiz: The Unjust Treatment Test
BY: PASTOR RON ENGET
The Unjust Treatment Test has made a huge difference in my life. Learning how to pass this test has benefitted me more than many of the tests that we've talked about. When I pass this test, it puts me at a tremendous advantage of favor with God and miracles and spontaneous breakthroughs begin to happen. This test is very difficult, and I think the reward matches the difficulty of the test!
Have any of you been betrayed? Lied about? Been insulted? Stolen from? Talked about? Has your reputation been destroyed by someone? This is unjust treatment. I've failed this test many times, but in recent years I've begun to pass it more than I've failed it. Why? Because I've learned to take God at His word and believe that I can do what He's called me to do in the Bible.
One of the reasons I've passed this test recently is because 35 years ago I made a commitment that I was going to obey and act on God's word even when it didn't make sense to me. Even when I didn't want to. Even when I didn't feel like it. Even when I didn't see results right away. That one quality decision 35 years ago has blessed me over, and over, and over again. I know that God is good, and life is good when I live life God's way!
In this blog I'm going to lay out some observations I've made about this test as well as tools that you can in your own lives. If you follow these four Biblical strategies, I guarantee that you will pass the Unjust Treatment Test!
"Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 'Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth'; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed," 1 Peter 2:18-24 (NKJV)
God doesn't tell us to only submit to people who make sense, aren't rude, or treat us right. It says, "Submit not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh." And you're supposed to submit to them with a good attitude! You shouldn't violate your conscience by treating people over you in a dishonorable way because they're rude or crude. You still honor them and submit to them- "For this is commendable."
It also says here that Jesus set the example for us. He died under accusation for something He wasn't guilty of. If anyone had the right to throw a fit for being treated unjustly it was Jesus- the sinless, spotless Son of God. But He refused to take up His own case against those who insulted, abused, tortured, and killed Him. What did He do? He committed His case to the Father and went to the cross and "...bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness." Jesus is your example - follow Him.
"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing," 1 Peter 3:9.
No matter what people do and say to you, you are blessed by God. You are called to inherit a blessing! And if you're a child of God, you've only started to enjoy the first fruits of the blessing you're called to inherit. Your future is great no matter what people do to you. When you stand up for God and for righteousness, you will be persecuted (Matthew 10:22, 2 Timothy 3:12). But you are called to inherit a blessing.
Observations about Unjust Treatment
When it comes to unjust treatment, here are three observations that I've made:
1. Unjust treatment is universal. You are going to suffer unjustly. No one is exempt. My first reaction is self-pity. Can any of you relate? Some seem to face this test more than others, and those who handle this test well usually end up in places of significant promotion. It seems like everything works for them. So, if it seems that you're tested in greater measure in this area, there is greater promotion for you.
2. Life's not fair. A lot of times we stay down because we expect life to be fair, but it's not. But we have an advantage because we know God! I've got a God that cares for me, and the Holy Spirit that leads me. Life's not fair, but we do have an unfair advantage when we're connected to God.
3. Life is not easy. We're not in heaven yet. There's a real devil down here. Because of sin there's real wars, disease, destruction, and chaos. Some day we are going to have a glorified body and live with Jesus forever, but down here life isn't easy. Life is tough, but God is good! Life can be VERY good when I live life God's way.
"But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew..." Exodus 1:12 (KJV).
Talk about tough circumstances.... God's people were being afflicted, but God multiplied them. God lives big on the inside of you when you go through difficult times, and you can get through it with God's help. And- not only can you get through it- you can win in the midst of adversity! You can transcend your difficulty. Your greatest tragedy and your greatest unjust treatment can turn into your greatest victory and greatest promotion! Your greatest struggle contains the seed of your greatest opportunity. Just because you're opposed does not mean that you're defeated. Jesus is our example.
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all," Psalm 34:19 (NKJV).
Even if life isn't easy, God is good.
Here are four Biblical strategies that will help you pass the Unjust Treatment Test!
"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake," Luke 6:22 (KJV).
1. Understand you are blessed. You are in Christ. Christ has redeemed us and caused the blessing of Abraham to come upon the Gentiles through Jesus (Galatians 3:13-14). Unfair treatment, when correctly responded to, brings an even greater blessing from God. When I refuse to get in the fray and fight in flesh, and rest in the fact that I am blessed by God no matter what people say, what they do, or how they treat me, God blesses me and fights for me.
2. Rejoice by choice. "Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets," Luke 6:23 (KJV).
When you get hated, ridiculed, and betrayed, you're joining an elite group. You're in the company of the prophets. That's something to rejoice about! Rejoice by choice- not by feeling.
3. Return a blessing and pray for them. "Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you," Luke 6:28 (KJV).
4. Love them and do good to them. "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you," Luke 6:27 (KJV).
Nothing totally disarms someone like doing good to the one who does you dirt. Speak well of someone who lied about you. Love them. Do good to them.
You can rise above conflict with God's help. You are connected to Jesus- you have an advantage. You can pass the Unjust Treatment Test!