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As I have been reading through 1st Peter one thing that keeps coming to mind is the social aspect of this. We go around all day wondering how it is we are suppose to deal with co workers, bosses, our husbands and well anyone we come in contact with that at some point we are not going to get along with. Our human nature is to lash out at these people who cross our paths. Yet, 1st Peter sheds a different light. Instead of becoming difficult to deal with we are suppose to submit.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1st Peter 2: 13-21
Now this is not an easy task by a long shot. Trust me I struggle with this one every. Single. Day. Yet our actions to others when we feel we are being wronged speaks volumes not only about ourselves but about the Christ in which we serve. As a wife who was once a believer and whose husband was not. I know how hard it can be when you feel like you are being watched extremely close. I also know however the power of being submissive and prayerful can affect those who are non-believers. It is our actions that often times those who do not know Christ learn more about Christ. Because they learn how humbling God can make a person. They learn that even though they try to break us that we still have hope. No one on this Earth can truly ever break us. Because we are loved and cherished by God.
Submitting to the difficult takes prayer and lots of it. It takes pulling our strength from God. It takes relying solely on Him to right the wrongs we will endure. It also takes starting to see others the way that God sees them. Jesus encountered lots of those who criticized him and yet He still treated them with love and compassion.Should we not be doing the same? Jesus gave us the perfect example of submission. The least we can do is honor Him by submitting to others.
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Now It Is Time For The Hearts 4 Home Blog Hop
Thursday oh Thursday how I love you…..Why you may ask? Because I get to read awesome posts from you!!! That’s right it is time for the Thursday Hearts 4 Home blog home. Now you can post anything you have been working on. I do ask that you keep it family friendly.
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