May 5, 2018 Daily Devotion
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Read: 1 Peter 2:11-25
Mark Twain once said: “Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.”
This quote makes sense. It is important that we know the law but the ability to obey and apply it is far more important. That’s where conduct comes into the picture.
Conduct controls the greater one. If you control the greater one then you achieve greater things. You gain the sympathy of many. The question is do you have the “right” conduct?
Peter, in his first letter to the Christians, is encouraging the disciples to make sure that their conduct is honorable and God-glorifying. So that when outsiders see them, those people would know that there is something special about them. Despite the persecution that they are going through, he wants the disciples of Jesus to keep on pressed in doing what is right and performing good deeds to the people. Despite the wrong treatment and accusations of the people to the Christians, they would still see God working through their lives through their good deed and right conduct. The only reason why they kept on doing it despite their situation is that they want to bring honor and glory to the Lord.
When was the last time that you showed good deed even when you are not acknowledged? You show right conduct even if there are compromises in your community? You show God’s honoring act to someone who even belittled you?
It is never too late. Show them how to be Christ-like. Show them how would Jesus love and care for them.
At all times, keep your conduct honorable. God's grace will always be available for us.
Unite all in love for God is love!