1 Peter 2:17 “Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
This verse is easy to say, challenging to follow. I say I honor everyone but when I review my thoughts and deeper feelings, do I truly honor everyone? Do I respect each person as I am called to? I respect a person dressed in business attire and a conservative hair style but do I respect and honor the person who wears torn jeans and has a purple stripe in their hair? I honor parents and children in the neighborhood but do I honor my husband and my own children? I love the people in church who I know and get along with but do I love the people in church who rub me the wrong way or don’t have anything in common with me? Do I honor the leaders of my country? How do I look past what I disagree with in people and look deeper into the heart? Peter says “Fear God.” I believe this is the path to the other challenges he laid down. Honor God most of all, love and respect and bow to Him; this is where I start. Through this action I feel love and honor for the people around me. Through the Spirit of God, I see beauty and the love each person deserves and I am able to honor them, with God’s help.
Change my view to see as you see. Change my heart to live as you guide me to. I am challenged to honor everyone, love everyone, honor authority and bow deepest to you. Help me live as you call me to live. Amen.