17 Show respect for all people [treat them honorably], love the brotherhood [of believers], fear God, honor the king.
In some parts of the world and in some parts of the church we struggle with knowing how to relate to people who are not like us; that is people who are not Christian and not like us. Should we “rebuke them”, should we correct them, should we reject them? At last what we should do is respect them, in fact we should respect everyone. When we respect someone it doesn’t mean that we approve of their character or the things that they do. We show honor and respect when we work for their good (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for wisdom, healing and peace across your home country.