The Conduct Of The Free (Part 1)
! Peter 2:13-17
“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”
America is the greatest country of planet earth and has been that way because of the sacrifices of those that have come before us and have given more of themselves than they received from others. However, as those brave and patriotic servants die off, the younger generation do not understand the importance of patriotism and respect for our nation. Since the 1970’s flag burning, stomping and disrespect has increased and education about our nation’s history and it’s sacrifice has decreased. How is America to be great again when we forget from whence we came?
When researching sacred and secular history, I find that people normally conduct themselves in one of a few ways when they experience freedom from captivity:
- Grateful Spirit
- Good Attitude
- Grim Attitude
- Grumbling Attitude
- Galled Spirit
We as Americans have to both honor the that have given all for our land and we must conduct ourselves as the free men and women should. Join us as we discuss The Conduct Of The Free.
I. GRATEFUL SPIRIT
When one leaves bondage they must adopt a grateful spirit in order to maintain a positive outlook on life. Notice the text “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood.” One will never honor or love anyone without a good attitude. When we feel as if someone is not with us or is being critical of us we will instantly adopt a Grumbling Attitude and have a galled or irritated spirit.
How does one adopt a grateful spirit after they have been freed or after they have been born into freedom?
- They must know that it can be a lot worse than it already is
- They must understand that things aren’t that bad
- They must realize that they aren’t being forced to do anything against their will
In our land, there are many Americans born into a free land and seemingly have no thanksgiving that they have been blessed with true freedom. Instead they criticize when they don’t get their way and protest the very symbol and servants of their freedom.
“I have never heard a freed prisoner or freed slave complain about the things that most Americans make complaint about to other freed Americans.”
Spiritually, when one leaves the bondage of sin and iniquity they have a grateful spirit for God setting them free. I have personally experienced this victory in Christ and I thank God each time I encounter a person that is still under this bondage. A person set free from the bondage of drugs, alcohol or immorality will never complain about how other Christians aren’t tithing enough or how other Christians aren’t visiting enough. I have personally seen that these people are more focused on their personal relationship with Christ instead of meddling into the affairs of another Christian. They don’t use their liberty as a shield to slay another Christian because they can, but they use their shield to defend the devil. Today during your walk with the Lord, remember that you have true liberty. What are going to do with it and how are you going to conduct yourself? Will be grateful for your freedom or will you use your freedom for some other agenda? In tomorrow’s devotional we will speak about a good attitude in your liberty. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.