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  • Writer's pictureWilson Lim

Respect for all in authority


One of the dangers of discontent is that we tend to focus on those whom we perceive to be the source of our discontent. Usually, it is towards those in authority. Whether our parents, teachers, government officials, church leaders and so forth.


However, Scripture is clear that God puts all authority into place. Rom 13:1 - 2 (NIV) 1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.


If we rebel against authority, we are rebelling against the office of authority that God had instituted. When we rebel against the government, in effect we rebel against the office of government that God had established. When we rebel against our parents we rebel against the authority of parents that God has established. When we rebel against spiritual leaders, we rebel against the authority that God has established.


Hence it is important that we maintain respect for all in authority. Even when we disagree, are dissatisfied or discontented.

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