If you want real change, it’s not about who gets elected or what laws get changed.  Real change happens with a change of the heart one person at a time.  

1 Peter 2:11-25

Respect:   the special esteem or consideration in which one holds another person or thing.

 Influence:   the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others

 11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.

 Christian:  You are different.  (Main Roadblock)  How you handle difference is important.

 You will not earn respect if you are not who you say you are.

 People watch to see how you handle life.  They won’t question their own behavior if they can question yours.

  • Temptation
  • Authority
  • Relationships
  • Pain

 1)     Be good.  Strive for excellence in all areas of life.

 11 I warn you … to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.

 15   It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.

  16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.

2)     Respect authority.

 13 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.

 17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

 18 You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect.  Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. 19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.

 3)     Handle pain like Christ.

 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.  23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.  He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

  19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.

 4)     God is your Shepherd, guide, protector and Source of power.

 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By his wounds you are healed.  25  Once you were like sheep  who wandered away.  But now you have turned to your Shepherd,     the Guardian of your souls.

 5)     Your Christian vocation is to influence others toward God.

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matt 5:16

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