Week beginning: 3rd May, 2015
By James Brightwell | London
"Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor."1 Peter 2:17 (NIV)
It is a great privilege for the practising lawyer to deal and work with many people in the course of the working week. It is a particular joy to encounter other Christians, but many who cross our paths will not be, and their values and attitudes may be challenging to us. At times it may seem easier not to engage with some people and the secular and hostile world they often represent.
We must be careful to ensure that we honour God in all our professional dealings. That may be easiest when dealing with Christians, with whom our faith can be expressed freely, and we should experience similar joy when able to discuss our faith with those who do not presently share it. When we deal with trying or disrespectful individuals, however, Peter reminds us that it is for God's sake that we should act respectfully at all times. In doing so, we may silence the ignorant talk of those who would criticise us (see 1 Peter 2:15) and thus enable ourselves better to witness to Jesus.
Give thanks for all the people with whom we deal professionally, and pray that we may see our interactions with them as an opportunity to live out our faith.
As the general election takes place this week, give thanks for the freedom to vote, and pray for Godly wisdom as you do so, and for those who are elected.