It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.
You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
I Peter 3:13-20 [NLT]
|"Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king."|
Reflection: We are being called to mimic Jesus’ posture of humility and submission. Why is it so hard to honor and submit to all human authority, what might Jesus be teaching us in doing this? Reflect this week on how you are loving and honoring those God has placed in authority over you. How might you love and honor your boss, teacher, governor, president, etc. better this week?