“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23, NIV)
To be Christian is to be like Christ.
Peter provides two clear, practical, snapshots of what it means to be like Christ: Ignoring insults from the “haters”; and making no threat against the agents of suffering and pain.
According to the scriptures, in his early years as a disciple of Jesus, Peter quickly quickly responded to every insult and engaged every opponent. Through faithful discipleship, Peter was not the person “now” that he was in those early years.
To grow in maturity as a Christian means to become more and more like Jesus. A measure of our maturity is the degree to which we are willing to entrust ourselves “to him who judges justly.” – Luther