Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 3: Disrespect to respect
January 11 2002 by Lisa Horton , 1 Peter 2:13-21; 3:1-2,7,14-16

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 3: Disrespect to respect | Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 3: Disrespect to respect

By Lisa Horton 1 Peter 2:13-21; 3:1-2,7,14-16 A man, well known as a Christian leader and deacon, became upset during his son's football game. The referee made a call that infuriated him, and to everyone's shock, he angrily stomped onto the field and punched the referee in the face. Fortunately, the startled referee only suffered a small wound. But the Christian suffered a severe wound to his testimony. The Bible teaches us to respect everyone. Unlike a metal trophy that is at stake in a sports event, the Christian life has eternity at stake - the eternity of unbelievers who are watching us to see if Christianity really works. Our respect for authority is one way we can demonstrate to unbelievers that Christ has made a difference in our lives.

Respect Authority (1 Peter 2:13-21) Peter commands believers to submit "to every authority." Paul says that all authority comes from God (Rom. 13:1-2). Since God has established authority, it is our Christian duty to respect it and live according to the laws of our land. Christians should be the best citizens in America. However, our obedience to an earthly "king" must never cause disobedience to the King of kings.

Peter also urges believers to respect and submit to the authority of their employers. Ephesians 6:5-8 says that we are to obey our employers and serve them as if we were serving Jesus. Our conduct at work should honor Christ.

Respect Spouses (1 Peter 3:1-2,7) Husbands and wives should show a mutual respect for each other. We should not be like the couple who became angry during an argument. Frustrated, the husband rudely said, "Why in the world did God make you so beautiful and yet so stupid!" The wife replied, "I guess he made me beautiful so you would love me, and he made me stupid so I would love you!"

Peter encourages wives to show respect for their husbands by being submissive. Ephesians 5:22-24 says that wives should submit to their husbands in the same way that the church submits to Christ.

Peter encourages husbands to be considerate and treat their wives with respect. Ephesians 5:25 says that husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave Himself for it.

Biblical submission occurs when one "equal" voluntarily places himself under the authority of another "equal" in order that God may be glorified. Jesus is the perfect example of biblical submission. Although He was equal with God, He humbly placed Himself under God's authority, and was obedient to the point of death. Jesus' obedience brought salvation to us and glorified God (Phil. 2:5-11).

Grace was a wonderful Christian lady, and a great example of biblical submission. Her husband, Wayne, was an unbeliever who had no intention of becoming a Christian.

For many years, Grace prayed that Wayne would accept Christ. She came to the altar almost every Sunday, weeping and begging God to save her husband. She consistently lived a godly life in front of Wayne.

One day Wayne's heart softened.

Grace called my husband, and David went to share the gospel with Wayne. He eagerly heard the plan of salvation and prayed to receive Christ.

What motivated Wayne to become a Christian? It was the humble, submissive spirit of a godly wife who respected Wayne and loved him into the kingdom of God (1 Peter 3:1-2).

The escape artist, Houdini, could get out of any jail that he ever tried - except one, a little jail in the British Isles. He worked at the cell door lock for more than two hours. But the lock wouldn't spring. Finally, exhausted, he fell against the door. It swung open. It had never been locked.

Biblical submission is not a locked door. It is a door we willingly walk through in obedience to God's word. Submission does not imprison us - it sets us free.

Reverence Christ (1 Peter 3:14-16) The key to successful Christian living is to make Jesus Christ Lord of our life. Our love and reverence for Him must be the motivating factor for all that we do.

Why do we submit to authority? Because Christ is Lord!

Why do we respect our employers? Because Christ is Lord!

Why do we submit to our husbands? Because Christ is Lord!

Why do we respond with kindness and respect to our wives? Because Christ is Lord!

Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life?

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1/11/2002 12:00:00 AM by Lisa Horton , 1 Peter 2:13-21; 3:1-2,7,14-16 | with 0 comments
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