Thinking through this several passages came to mind. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that in any situation there is a way of escape. That leads me to believe that in each situation I have a choice not to sin, but how? Philippians 4:13 tells me I can do all things through Christ. Similarly, John 15:5 tells us that apart from Him we can do nothing. Lastly Galatians 5:16 tells us that if we walk by the Spirit we will not do the normal thing and follow our flesh. That is the struggle that Paul shares in Romans 7. So it seems that the way to follow Christ’s example when people He loved turned against Him is to abide in Him, deal with the situation in His strength, through the power of the Holy Spirit, while looking for the way not to sin.
That seems like a cliché formula. It doesn’t seem to work. There are vast differences between Christ and me – I know that is a shock. One of the differences it that He was always plugged into His Father. He only did what His Father was doing, John 5:19. I am not that plugged in. Stuff hits me when I am less than ready. It seems that I want to be like Christ and respond the way He did, without doing what He said is necessary.