Follow the lead of every human authority. Do it because the Lord wants you to. Obey the king. He is the highest authority.
Obey the governors. The king sends them to punish those who do wrong. He also sends them to praise those who do right.
By doing good you will put a stop to the talk of foolish people. They don't know what they are saying. God wants you to stop them.
Live like free people. But don't use your freedom to cover up evil. Live like people who serve God.
Show proper respect to everyone. Love the community of believers. Have respect for God. Honor the king.
Slaves, obey your masters with all the respect you should give them. Obey not only those who are good and kind. Obey also those who are not kind.
Suppose a person suffers pain unfairly because he wants to obey God. That is worthy of praise.
But suppose you receive a beating for doing wrong, and you put up with it. Will anyone honor you for that? Of course not. But suppose you suffer for doing good, and you put up with it. God will praise you for that.
Christ suffered for you. He left you an example. He expects you to follow in his steps. You too were chosen to suffer.
Scripture says, "He didn't commit any sin. No lies ever came out of his mouth." #1(Isaiah 53:9)#2
People shouted at him and made fun of him. But he didn't do the same back to them. He suffered. But he didn't say that bad things would happen to them. Instead, he trusted in the One who judges fairly.
He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. His wounds have made you whole.
You were like sheep who were wandering away. But now you have returned to the Shepherd. He is the Leader of your souls.