For the sake of the Lord submit to every human institution. Do this whether it means submitting to the emperor as supreme ruler, or to governors as those sent by the emperor. They are sent to punish those doing evil and to praise those doing good. Submit to them because it’s God’s will that by doing good you will silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Do this as God’s slaves, and yet also as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Have respectful fear of God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:13-17, CEB)
As God’s chosen people we are free to live in God’s love. Yet we need to submit to the institutions of our life.
Sometimes these rulers do not do the will of God and seek their own agenda. We must know when God is calling us to follow their rule and to know when we must stand against tyranny.
We should not cover up evil but seek to show love in everything.
Help eradicate evil and honor God in showing love.
Loving People. Loving God.