19 MAR

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

‘…as though you were working for the Lord...’

Colossians 3:23 NLT

RESPECT

Riots, looting and arson attacks happened on a mammoth scale across England between 6–10 August 2011. Holidaying politicians were called back to work and police annual leave was suspended until law and order was restored. In news reports on August 15 2011, approximately 3,100 people had been arrested and a 1,000 of them charged; five people had died and 16 others were injured. The cost of damage to property was believed to be £200 million.

It all started out as a peaceful protest march after the tragic fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by the Metropolitan Police Service firearms officers. The march was joined by a younger group of people, angry and armed and, as the shouting escalated, violence broke out and the horrific scenes began.  

When we don’t respect our leaders we get anarchy, total chaos and everyone suffers. It is said, that until you learn to take orders you will never be qualified to give them. Jesus knew more than any other human being, yet even He respected the authority of the government in power. How much more then should we? Don’t go talking down those who have authority over you. Okay, they’re not perfect. But if you want to be treated with respect, you first have to respect others, even those you don’t agree with or even like. Whatever you do or say, give it out ‘…as though you were working for the Lord...’

What now?

Even if you disagree with some of the opinions or actions of your leaders, can you find ways to encourage them or submit to them?
 

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