As God’s children, we understand that we don’t deserve God’s goodness. Further, we are to desire the same for others, even those who treat us badly. Scripture says that all people are created in God’s image and are worthy of the highest respect, but many resort to demeaning criticism and fail to recognize others’ perspectives. Our natural tendency is to lash out at those who hurt us. But Jesus, the perfect picture of grace, never retaliated toward those who hurt Him. Rather, He submitted and left judgment in the hands of the Father (1 Pet. 2:21-23).
1 Samuel 24:3-12
Saul pursued David with the sole intent of killing him. When David had the opportunity to end the chase and take Saul’s life, he instead addressed the king with great reverence: David bowed, speaking humbly to Saul as “my lord” and “father.” In the most trying circumstances, David demonstrated a profound level of respect that could only have been provided by God.
Most of us aren’t being chased by a murderous king, but we can discover something of our attitudes about authority. Let’s ask ourselves: Do I do well in submitting to the laws? How do I speak about my boss? What are my attitudes toward police, politicians, and pastors? Sure, leaders aren’t perfect, and respecting authority may be difficult, but God would have us submit with a humble heart to all the authorities He’s established on earth. This is a picture of our submission to Him.
- As you prepare to lead students this week, humble yourself before God (and others) and ask that He would help you teach from a place of experience.
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.