In John Bevere’s latest, How to Respond When You Feel Mistreated, he asserts that the example of Christ’s silence in the face of suffering and unjust accusation is the model for dealing with our every day mistreatments. Deep-seated unforgiveness can hinder one’s proper response to mistreatment.
The best-selling author, John Bevere, draws from his own life story to illustrate the proper response to mistreatment. With transparency and humility, he lays out a plan of action, or inaction, all believers must follow. This short, 92-page book is packed with insight.
Primarily supported by scripture, Bevere’s tough love message to the church is: “To be obedient to God’s plan we must bless those who have made our lives miserable.” Those in authority are to be respected, and Bevere’s attempts at and inability to find a loophole in the Greek, causes him to encourage believers to submit to even those who are “harsh, crooked, perverse, wicked, and unfair.” Ouch! Save in the instances of an authority demanding you to sin or in the case of abuse, in all other instances we are admonished by Bevere and the Word to submit.
This little book holds great truth. It is not quick and painless theology by any means. I took issue with the close correlation between suffering and monetary blessing as it flirted with prosperity gospels, however I do not believe this to be the author’s intent or purpose, merely a reflection of questionable editing. Regardless of that one shortfall, I highly recommend this book for its unflinching honesty and undiluted truth. All Christians could benefit from reading this book. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book Previews.com
Best-selling author John Bevere presents a biblical model for responding to unfair treatment from those in authority over us.
“Repay no one evil for evil” (Romans 12:17 NKJV). Easier said than done, right? But that’s exactly what John Bevere recommends in How to Respond When You Feel Mistreated. We are all subject to some authority, and those in leadership often misuse their power and hurt others. But we as Christians are called to honor and submit to authority, even if it means accepting unfair treatment.
“‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19 NKJV). God’s justice often takes longer than we want to wait, but it does come. And our obedience in accepting suffering increases His work in the lives of others. Ultimately, our model for responding to unfair treatment is Jesus. And by enduring suffering as He did, we are made more like Him.