ROOTED - Monday, January 17, 2022


As we continue in our January series, Not Today, Satan, this week we are considering the idea that followers of Jesus can learn to be unoffendable.  One of the ways we can show the grace of Jesus Christ to others is to respond to conflict with peace and patience and kindness rather than contempt and anger and resentment.

 

Consider the teaching of Peter in his first letter to the churches in Rome.  We pick up in chapter two where we left off last week.

 

I Peter 2:11-17

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 

12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 

14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 

16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 

17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 

 

Reflections

Notice that Peter calls us foreigners and exiles.  In what sense?  In the sense that we are in the world but not of it.  We live here, but our true home is in heaven.  Therefore, we can expect that everything is not going to be lovely and perfect all the time.  This is the reality of sin.

 

So with this reality in mind, we are called to live such good lives among the pagans, that they may see our good deeds and glorify God.  This is easier said than done, of course.  We are called to submit to authority, to do good when others are being foolish, and to respect everyone.  This is what it looks like to live as people of grace. 

 

Examine your own recent behavior compared to these instructions.  How are you doing compared with this measuring stick of discipleship? 

 

Prayer

God of mercy, since you have been merciful to me, help me to be merciful to others, even when it seems to me that they do not deserve it.  Let me show my righteousness not with harsh words, but with good deeds, that I may point the world to you.  I pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.