A converted Hindu woman had suffered much at the hands of her unsaved relatives. One day a missionary asked her, "When your husband is angry and persecutes you, what do you do?" The Hindu woman replied, "I just cook the food better and sweep the floor a little cleaner. When he speaks unkindly, I answer him mildly, trying to show him in every way that when I became a Christian, I also became a better wife." Although that husband had resisted all the efforts of the missionaries, he could not resist the sweet silence of his Christian wife. The Holy Spirit used her to win him to Christ.
"And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate."
Let me share another story with you of a tough British military sergeant. When he was asked how he came to faith in Christ, he told of a private in his unit. The private was converted in one of the town's they were stationed in. All of the troops ridiculed him constantly, laughing and making fun of his changed life. One night the sergeant came in from the field with muddy boats, and found the private kneeling at his bed in prayer. He took his muddy boots off and through them at the private, hitting him in the side of the head. The next morning the sergeant found the boots cleaned and polished. It simply broke the heart of this tough sergeant; he repented and gave his life to Christ. This lead to others in his unit being converted.
The Hindu woman and the private have a Savior, as we do, that is the Perfect Example.
"When He was abused, He did not return abuse; when He suffered, He did not threaten; but He entrusted Himself to the One who judges justly." 1 Peter 2:23
May the Just Judge guide all of us today in our responses, and always remember that you are loved!!!