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1 Peter 2:17 Show respect for all people. Love your brothers and sisters in God’s family. Respect God and honour the king.

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Question: How do you treat people you don’t like, people you don’t agree with, people you don’t respect? How do you respond to them?

God tells us to do some crazy things. Really He does. Take this one for instance:

1 Peter 2:17 Show respect for all people. Love your brothers and sisters in God’s family. Respect God and honour the king.

God, you have to be kidding right? Look at the politicians running my country. I don’t agree with them on, well … on anything really. Look at the pastor of my church. That guy couldn’t preach his way out of a wet paper bag. And the other people in my church – there are some real lunatics among that lot. God, you’re kidding right?

And yet, God comes along and says: respect everyone, love everyone, honour everyone. Seriously?

You see, here’s the mistake we make over and over again. We imagine that we have to agree with someone to honour them. We imagine that we have to like someone to honour; to respect someone to honour them.

And what God’s saying is: Not at all. Just honour them. Fear God. Honour the king.

Think about how God’s treated you and me for just one moment. Did He agree with the way we were living our lives? Did he like the way we were carrying on? Not at all. And yet, He honoured us despite all that, indeed because of all that, by sending Jesus to die for us. It cost Him everything to honour us, at a time when we were disagreeable to Him.

Some things are complicated. This one just isn’t. It’s so simple, even a child could get it.

Love everyone. Honour everyone.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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Faith Mwaniki

Hi Betty,

Thank you for writing to us and sharing your concerns with us.

Just out of interest, I went through a period when my son was about 25 when I could do nothing right in his eyes.

Ugly disagreements would spring up at any time. I sought advice.

It was suggested that I arrange to meet him on his own over dinner and to tell him that I was very sorry to have failed to be a good father to him.

Would he forgive me?

The point I made with my son was that the problem between us was entirely my fault, 100% mine not 50/50 or 30/70.

The result was amazing. My son leapt to my defence and told me I’d been a great father to him and whatever blockage there had been between us miraculously evaporated.

We’ve been buddies ever since.

Perhaps you could consider this approach. It has to be one-on-one and you have to be prepared to take 100% of the blame.

Meantime pray about it, asking the Lord to heal the breach. All will be well!

Please know that we are praying for you!

Written by Russell Lander



Terry Fahringer

I really liked your first email. Honor everyone! Hard to do, but that’s His command! Lord help me to do as you require.



Faith Mwaniki

Awesome!



Pamela A Wright

Just signed up today. So far so good!



Kathy

Well I sure didn’t think of it that way, but praise God the way you put it God sending his Son to die for me when I was living a wild life style thank you Jesus



Sue Covington

This is not easy to do but with Christ’s strength I can do it



Barb

Amen 🙏 hard but right



Stella

I agree we should love everyone as Jesus loved us .



Betty Smothers

Thank you so much. I am struggling with an issue. My daughter in law, hates me. I don’t know how to resolve this.
I apologised. But in her eyes I am no longer family. My son loves her so I stay out of it. But God knows I have not done anything to warrant this. But she feels I have. So I need prayers. Holidays are coming and I love Christmas. Advice please.and prayers.



Marilyn

I agree fully. Thank you.