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Relationships 2

'Do everything without grumbling or arguing...' Philippians 2:14 NIV

Do you find it hard being told what to do? Being asked to do something you don't really want to do is a real pain in the neck and most of us are so independent we'd rather react with a big fat 'No!' Respecting the authority of people above you can be tough, especially if you don't really like them. But, doing as you're asked honours God. The Bible talks about doing everything as though you're doing it for God; this includes the washing up!

It's also worth remembering that the people in authority over you will have to answer for the way they treat you. This means if you're asked to do something by someone in a position of authority and it's not exactly what you'd like to do, do it as God has asked: 'without grumbling or arguing' (Philippians 2:14 NIV). (Of course this excludes anything immoral, illegal or unethical).

So what about the people under your authority? You may be thinking, 'But there aren't any...' But, if you know people younger than you, or have little brothers or sisters, then you need to watch how you treat them! These children will look up to you as a role model. They will learn from you and copy your behaviour. Treat these kids with love and respect. Imagine you were in their shoes; how would you want you to be treated?

So what now? Remember, when you do what you're asked, without complaining or arguing, you are honouring the people, and this totally honours God.

Soulfood: 1 Cor 15-16, Mark 15:33-47, Ps 51, Prov 25:23-25

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