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Honor your leader , for authority comes from God

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

St. Paul tells us to respect all those in authority as every authority comes from God. This word does not say that we respect those that we love, or those who are holy, but every one in authority, irrespective of how we see them. In one of the top schools, there was a high school girl who was very gifted. She was excellent in sports. She was very eloquent, very good with class work, and she was very good looking.

The only problem with the girl was her pride. She was very aware of how gifted she was, and with time this made her very proud. She became very rude to the tutors. She was smoking cigarettes, keeping wrong relationships, and been totally disobedient. But her grades were still very good. The discipline master was particularly very unhappy with her. She decided to revenge by looking for the daughter of the discipline master and introducing the girl to bad habits.

This really hurt the discipline master who was correcting her out of love. Later, she completed school, passed well. But life was very bad for her. She moved from misfortune to misfortune. Her life, close to twenty years later, has been such a waste. Yet, she was once very gifted.

The daughter of the discipline master recovered, changed her habits, and is now a very successful person. But she is living one of the worst lives, for no good reason.

It's around election time now, and this is the time people are very vocal and abusive to our leaders. Especially those that we do not support, those from other tribes, or those who have failed us. But the word of God above says that we be subject to governing authority, good or bad. Feedback to them is to be given respectfully.

1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority.

Our country is largely Christian, and our Lord Jesus is asking that we be subject to every human institution. We should therefore remember that it is offensive to God when we use abusive words on our superiors, irrespective of how they are.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

We are to pray for all of them, for their welfare and giving thanks on their behalf. And the promise from God is that we will lead more tranquil and quiet life. When we get involved with harsh criticism, we get filled with bitterness and hatred. And that only worsens the situation.

Some people curse their superiors, for every wrong done to them.

Jeremiah 29:7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

If you curse your leaders, or those in authority, and your organisation fails, what will become of you. A bad economy affects the poorer more than the wealthy. A failed organisation will affect you more than your superior.

Let's therefore pray for and bless our leaders. Especially the ones who, from Gods eyes, require the prayers more.

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