1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 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.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
As a child of the Father, sibling and friend of the Son, and temple of the Holy Spirit, I have to remember humility and obedience. I have to keep control of my tongue and watch my mouth. While there may be pleasure, pride, and some excitement in saying disrespectful, dishonorable, profane, or hateful things … it is all fleshly. Rebellion and disobedience are not proper responses to God’s commands.
I mustn’t shame myself or misrepresent God by wishing ill upon people I disagree with. I mustn’t take joy in seeing people struggle, no matter how wrong or bad I find them to be. People may frustrate me, irritate me, stand against me. They may be in positions of power and work hard to do terrible things. I am to be a warrior priest. I am to do battle by becoming a rock of righteousness. I have to pray for the lost, pray for the confused, pray for the misguided.
Not everyone teaching false things is a false teacher. Some have been taught the wrong thing and believe it. The lack of knowledge and the rejection of truth are not the same thing. If I am not offering to teach the unlearned, how can I harbor ill will and cold apathy toward them?
I have to remember who I am and what I am doing here. I am not here to “just make it.” I am not here to “just get by.” I was not created to “try to survive.” I am not here to be enslaved by addictions, or influenced by the world. I was created to be the carrier of a catalyst. To influence the world. To break chains, not to wear them. To teach, not to judge. To help, not to hurt. To love, not to hate. Sounds cliché to some. But maybe things are repeated so often because we have a hard time *getting* them.
As I mature, I have to sink my teeth deeper into the word. Not with the aim of understanding it, but with aim of becoming it. Understanding it is part of the journey, not the goal. I have to face the truth that I was created to live the word, to show the word, to give it flesh. As a child of God, I need to continually mature, and acknowledge and obey Him in all my actions, thoughts, and words.