Vs 17 - Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king
Sometimes when I want to start a fire, the wind puts it out. But when I try to keep the fire burning, wind keeps it going. So in the first situation, I label the wind “bad” because it thwarts my plans; in the other, I label it “good” because it helps me accomplish what I want to get done. This illustrates how we judge things by the way they affect us. We declare circumstances or people “bad” if they thwarts our plans or “good” if we agree with them and they support our cause.
But God is the one who determines what is good or bad, and He does not go by how it affects our plans but by whether or not it accomplishes His. His plan is that we could be “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people.” And His purpose for us is to “ proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9). In this verse the apostle reminds us that as members of His body, we are a chosen generation and part of the royal priesthood of all believers.
There was a time when Christians, were not a special group of people, but because of our faith in Christ we have become the people of God and obtained His mercy and grace, His love and forgiveness. To accomplish God's good purpose, we are to respect all people, love other believers, fear God, and honor those who rule over us - even when something doesn’t seem good to us (v.17). Our lives should reflect Christ and speak out the gospel of grace, not only in what we say but in how we live and the way we behave towards others - even those that despise and mistreat us. These kinds of actions may fan a spark of belief in those who observe our responses to “bad” circumstances and most of all in bringing praise to God.
Heavenly Father, thank You that we are not left in the dark, but have been given clear teaching on the way we should behave towards the sinner and saint alike in this fallen world as well as those in authority. I pray that I may live in a way that honors You. I pray that my life may become a clear testimony to all with whom I come in contact. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When things look bad, remember God is good.
Jaisy Mathew, St. Johns MTC, NY Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of