“Listen, I was in the right. I had right and truth on my side. And I didn’t do a thing wrong at all. I behaved in every way like a Christian should. They were wrong. My closest friends all agreed that I was right and they were wrong. I held my tongue. I was patient with them. I gave them plenty of time to come around. I went out of my way to help them in every way I could and this is how they repaid me? I just find it hard to believe that people who claim to be serving God could do something like this to someone who is also trying to just live and do right. “But I’m going to the cross anyway...”
Now what was that about you being mistreated? We posture and position and puff up with pride only to our own hurt. If we behave like Jesus we will sometimes take a hurt, try to make things right even if it means owning something we are not responsible for. Sometimes you have to go to the other person, even though they were in the wrong. Sometimes you need to blink first, to make the first move, to back down, to humble yourself. Sometimes you have to see their point of view even if you still believe it is the wrong point of view. It’s called turning the other cheek when someone slaps you - I think someone wiser than me came up with that concept.
* Isaiah 53:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 8:32; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 1:19; 2:22. The above is obviously not a direct quote from Jesus, but He could have said all of it!