Surviving the Slights

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. – Proverbs 22:1

Sometimes, as believers we find ourselves in situations that might require us to “crucify the flesh.” By this I mean put to death our earthly desires, expectations, and ambitions and act in a way that defies worldly wisdom in order that our Lord Jesus Christ’s life is magnified over our own.

For example, you might deserve a pay increase or promotion for all of your hard work in the previous year, but for some reason your efforts are not recognized and another person who is less deserving, receives the benefits instead. What do you do? It is unfair, frustrating, and disappointing.

Certainly, you could mention it to your supervisor and even explain why you think you deserve to be rewarded. This could, of course, be handled with all the grace and humility that Christ expects of His followers. What you should not do is complain to everyone (coworkers, family, etc.) about how you have been mistreated.

No one deserved more praise than Jesus. At the same time, no one received more unjustified rejection and condemnation. In light of His flawless example, may we always endure in the power of the Holy Spirit, the “slights” of life with as much grace as the blessings.

If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility. – Augustine

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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