Our Behavior Toward Leaders

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 23:1–11.

Humanity glories in showing disrespect toward leaders and authority, especially if a leader has done something deserving of disrespect. However, watch Paul in action. He declared to the Jewish council that he always lived with a good conscience before God and the high priest commanded those standing by Paul to strike him on the mouth (Acts 23:1, 2). Listen to what Paul said to that, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?” (Acts 23:3), not knowing that the man who ordered the strike was the high priest. So, they said to Paul, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” (Acts 23:4). Although the high priest did something wrong, listen to Paul rebuke his own behavior, “I did not know, brethren, t hat he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people’” (Acts 23:5).

Oh, my friends, how we need to hear Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, because he showed us that we cannot speak evil of leaders, even if the leaders have done evil. What have you said about the leaders of your country or your church?

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