Prayer: Merciful God, inspire me to action through the Spirit and your Word. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Go out in love
17 Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Our devotion writer suggests May is the month for graduations and new beginnings. I always thought June was that time. For me, school was out, graduations celebrated, the month for weddings, the beginning of summer vacation and warm sunshine. However, Peter could be writing to graduates speaking of beginnings and endings. Reminding us that we are part of something bigger…something more important than our own desires.
1 Peter declares that we are to honor the country we live in and to honor its laws and those put in charge; the governors, presidents, mayors and police. “For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish” (v. 15). We set examples for the community around us as a church and as members of the church. By our actions and our words we are to show what Jesus would have done and what Jesus would teach. By our love we give unselfishly as servants to our neighbors and the poor and disadvantaged. And as our devotion writer says; “So that wherever we go, Jesus’ message of love guides our way.”
Prayer: “Spirit of fire, send us on our way, ablaze with your love to change the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
1 Peter 2:13-17
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
13 For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, 14 or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. 16 As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.