Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil. (1 Peter 2:16)
Christ has set you free! Free from the impossibility of earning God’s favor. Free from guilt. Free from the ruling power of sin which wages war against your soul. You have been set free from the need to return insults with insults; from the need to retaliate; from contempt, ridicule, envy, slander, jealousy and hatred.
You have the freedom to choose to submit yourself to every human authority, knowing that they are powerless to rob you of your identity in Christ. Freedom to choose to respect everyone for who they are, and the position God has allowed them to have, knowing that they, like you are created in God’s image. You have been set free so that you can choose to submit yourself to your manager, not only the good and considerate ones, but also the harsh ones.
Your freedom is rooted in Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect who bore your sins on the cross, so that you might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed [1 Peter 2:24]. Jesus chose to trust God’s perfect plan so that you have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. [1 Peter 1:3-4] An inheritance which no one can take away from you.
Your freedom is established in the fact that you are God’s child. Choose today to follow in the footsteps of your Lord and Savior who committed no sin, and entrusted himself to God the Father who judges justly. Your freedom comes as you in faith entrust everything that is happening in your life to God. Entrust yourself, your life, your pain, the injustices you experience to the one who judges justly in mysterious ways that are beyond comprehension. Trust the shepherd and overseer of your soul for justice, as he supernaturally builds his Kingdom. Live your life in such a way, that when those you work with and rub shoulders with on a daily basis see your good deeds, they will glorify God.
Lord, thank you for setting us free. Father thank you that you judge every situation justly. Fill us with your grace and mercy so that we can show respect to everyone, and to submit to the human authorities that you have established. Amen