Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. -1Peter 2:17

Love the way that The Message renders this verse. Other versions use honor or respect. These words describe the way that we should interact with others. In truth, we do not follow Jesus' command to love people if we do not treat them with dignity. With respect. With honor. The things that we ourselves want the most from other people.

The principle also applies to our attitudes toward institutions like churches and governments. I have been guilty of showing these disrespect instead of dignity. It is sometimes a hard thing to. We really do not want to give respect and dignity to anyone or any group unless they first earn it. This speaks more about us than about them.

Help us today Lord to show our reverence for you by the dignity that we show others.

... this devotion is part of my series on the epistles of Peter and biblical words.

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