by Tammy Phillips
October 15, 2021
“Honor all [people]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV)
- Regard with respect
- Fix the value of
Prize all people. Respect all people.
We are to value the one who cut us off in traffic?
We are to prize all who hurt us?
We are to honor all who rejected Jesus?
We are to respect all who have attempted to cancel justice and righteousness?
We are to honor all who have slandered us?
We are to prize all who persecute us?
We are to honor the person who attempted to destroy our marriage?
We are to respect all who targeted innocent victims?
Yes, because until ALL take their last breath there is a chance for them to turn to the Lord. If we don’t believe that ALL have some redeeming value, we will not work to share Jesus with them. We are to love all, forgive all and honor all.
I don’t know about you but this one is a hard one to chew. It is what Jesus did. Paul who pursued, persecuted, and murdered Christians was prized by God. He chose Him and used Him to turn the world upside down for Jesus. The LORD valued us and saved us. Our sins are no cleaner than anyone else’s. Jesus paid the same price for ALL sins and ALL people.
“LOVE THE BROTHERHOOD”
- Be fond of
- Wish well
- Brothers and sisters in Christ
- The Christian Fraternity
- The Christian Family
- Born again of the same Father God
“Love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 KJV)
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” (1 John 4:11 KJV)
“And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God [must] love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21 NKJV)
Church hurt is some of the worst hurt. We expect that we should all love well in the family of God, but that does not always happen. We are all in different spaces and places with the Lord on our journey. As children of God, we are on the path to learn to love well like Jesus and that can look different.
- Brothers are rejected because tattoos.
- Sister are shunned because they don’t wear the right clothes.
- Brothers and sisters are unwelcomed because of divorce.
- Brothers are blackballed because of past or current sins.
- Sisters are cancelled because one wears a mask, and one doesn’t.
- Brothers are ostracized because they got the vax or did not get the shot.
- The brotherhood is snubbed for so many reasons.
- The Word tells us to love unconditionally.
Still chewing on this word from Lord. How about you?
- Revere God
- Respect God
- Be in awe of God.
- Be amazed by God alone.
We have nothing to fear but God. He is the only One who should make us shake in our boots because of His awesomeness.
“HONOR THE KING.”
- Regard with respect
- Fix the value of
- The leader of the people
- The ruler of the land
- The commander in chief
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1 NKJV)
“By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.” (Proverbs 8:15 NKJV)
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:21 NKJV)
“The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.'” (Daniel 4:17 NKJV)
Honor the King. When the king, queen, president, prime minister, or leader of the country is not the leader you chose, we are still told to honor, respect, and value the king. According to the multiple verses above, He nor she would be in the position, but God. Our command? Honor the King and pray for the leaders.
“Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV)
In the United States, we can all be united in one thing. Most of us have been unhappy with leadership over the past two years in one way or another. Many did not like Trump, and many did not like Biden. Over the two-year span in the country, we have differed on our opinions of the leadership. According to the word, we are to honor and pray. Yes, this is really hard to chew.
The ten words of 1 Peter 2:17 have really challenged me and I suspect I will chew on these for a while. How about you?
I enCOURAGE you to join me and crucify your flesh. Ask the Lord for help. “Honor ALL [people]. LOVE the brotherhood. FEAR GOD. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV). Ouch! This one hurt!
PS…You don’t have to agree with me. It is your choice. However, if we choose to disregard the verses from today, we are disregarding the word of God and definitely not fearing Him. And, Yes..I am having to ask for forgiveness.