Servants Obeying their Masters


18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

1 Peter 2:18

Again, Peter wants others, while carrying out their duties, to have a reverent fear of God. In this verse, he is addressing servants. Many in Peter’s day would have been servants of one kind or another.

Peter writes what many consider controversial, even in a modern Christian setting. The potential for abuse in this context is high, some would argue.

As long as the master is not giving commands in direct disobedience to God’s moral law, the servant obeys. They are certainly not easy pills to swallow, but God knows what He’s talking about. He knows that your obedience both to God and to the master is how people get a change of heart. The thing is, we see all of this from ground level, but God sees it all from His perspective, not only high above us, but all around us. He knows the overall picture.

As believers when faced with such troubling obedience, we go to God for only He can give us His supernatural strength to accomplish it.


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