1 Peter 2:17

Respect for Others


The Upward Look
© Copyright 2010, Max D. Hutto,

“Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”
   1 Peter 2:17 NASB  

Peter writes four short summary statements. First, believers are to honor, to show respect for all human life. Every life is valuable to God; therefore, believers should also value every human life. Second, believers are to love one another as family. Jesus commands that believers show love for other believers in the same way He loves them. Third, believers are to fear God, meaning to hold in awe and reverence. Believers must be mindful that while they have a close and personal relationship with God, He is still the Lord God Almighty. Fourth, believers are to honor and respect civil authorities. The king, even the Emperor, deserved honor because of his position, but that honor was comparable to any other person, and not the reverence reserved only for God.

 Lord Jesus, teach me how to show honor to all and to love fellow believers. But most of all, I desire to give glory and honor to You, my Savior and Lord.




 

 


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