1 Peter 2:13-14
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
God`s Word tells those of us who want to follow Him and be obedient in all things, we are to submit to all those in authority over us. Why? For the Lord`s sake. It pleases God when we obey His Word and try to live in peace as much as we can. This way we keep out of trouble and glorify His name!
1 Peter 2:6-8
Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”
and“A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone, elect and precious to those of us who know and love Him.
But to others, he is a rock of offence. They stumble over Him, not knowing that it is the goodness of God that leads them to repentance (Romans 2:4).
1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
God by His mercy, has chosen us and wants us to now let our light shine in the darkness so that all will see that Jesus lives! We were once walking in darkness and didn't know the truth, so we understand why people react as they do. We pray that God will open their eyes to His marvellous light also!
1 Peter 2:11-12
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honourable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
We are ever so grateful to God for revealing Himself to us, showing us how we ought to live in this world, even though loved ones and others don`t understand us. For we are not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).
We are to have the same attitude Jesus had when being mocked on the cross, 'Forgive them Father for they know not what they do'.