Christian in the society

Thursday, May 5
1 Peter 2:11-25 (NLT)
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
Respecting People in Authority
13 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.
18 You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. 19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. 20 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.
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
22 He never sinned,
    nor ever deceived anyone.
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
    nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
    who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins
    in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
    and live for what is right.
By his wounds
    you are healed.
25 Once you were like sheep
    who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
    the Guardian of your souls.

Question 3: Is there any command for me to obey?

Topic: Christian in the society

As Christians, we should constantly remind ourselves of who we are: strangers in this world. Our conduct should reflect this (vs.11-12). Others may engage in all kinds of corruption and evil behaviour, we cannot. They belong here. We are citizens of heaven (v.11).

Peter also gives us some principles to guide our relationship with earthly authorities. See vs. 13 -17; cf. Romans 13:1,2. But if ordered to do any ungodly thing, our first loyalty must be to the highest authority (see Peter's example in Acts 4:19, 5:27-29). When this happens, however, we should be fully prepared to bear the consequences of our action, as Christ Himself did. God demands from us not eye service but faithful service. Are you giving faithful service to your employer and to God?

In vs. 18-21, Peter gives us a Christian perspective on how to live in an imperfect society where righteous people are persecuted. He did not endorse the system, but he admitted it. Jesus did no wrong, but he had confidence that God would act justly on his behalf (vs.22-23). Jesus values everyone. He died for the slave, tyrant, oppressed, wealthy as well as the poor.

Reflection: How do you react when you are treated unfairly because of your status, ethnic group, race, or religion? Prayer: Pray today for all those who are suffering for the sake of the gospel.

Further Prayers from Prayer Bulletin
Living Word
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit... Hebrews 4:12 
Thank God for:
For the word of God which we have access to in Nigeria.
The living hope we have despite the threat to life and sufferings we undergo.
Pray for:
Renewed strength and faith daily as we follow our Master Jesus. 
The Living Water that spring from the reassurance of God's word to quench every fiery dart of the devil.
The word of God to come alive in our lives daily as we read and act upon them.
Pray against:
Failing to take in God's word daily in personal quiet time and family devotion.
Lack of freshness due to our life style that may contradict God's word.

1Samuel 3, 4, 1Cor. 12, 13 725

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