Living Graciously.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.” (I Peter 2:18-19).

When God commands us to do something, He is under no obligation to explain Himself as to why He wants us to do it. What He desires is obedience, first and foremost. No explanations are necessary.

However, God does sometimes give us reasons why He commands us to display a particular behavior. With respect to servants being obedient and respectful of their masters, He gives us a reason for this command in I Peter 2:19.

God says that such obedient respect by servants to masters, and by implication employees to their employers, is a gracious thing. It parallels the unmerited favor of God towards us as sinners when we display the same grace towards masters and employers. We display the character of God. What believer in Christ would not want to do this?

As we are consciously aware of God in our daily lives, we can endure sorrow when suffering unjustly. Sorrow means sadness and overwhelming grief. It is a deep seated, rock your world mental pain and anxiety. The kind of anxiety you may often feel when you arrive at work and wonder what the day may bring.

To endure means to bear up and put up with the injustice we may often face, particularly at work. This is especially true when we experience unjust or unfair sorrow and pain because of ill treatment.

Let us make sure that we are never the cause of a person experiencing unjust sorrow. If and when we face such unjust sorrow, may we be gracious in continuing to obediently respect our employer. This pleases God!

Soli deo Gloria!


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