Theme: AVOIDING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Text: “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” – Hebrews 13:17.
Comment: Obedience is evidence of humility and meekness. God Almighty has given us, His worshippers, laws to guide us in this world of sin. He has also put people in positions of authority as custodians of His laws. The duty of these elders is to make sure that these laws are kept or obeyed. Where they fail in their duty, God will hold them accountable. On the other hand, God will not find us guiltless where we refuse to obey the commandments and laws which He has handed down to us. (Ezekiel 33:1-8) There are some people who feel too big or important to abide by rules and regulations of the organisation, office, association, or community, to which they belong. They choose to mark themselves out as disorderly persons and exhibit this conduct even in the Church in order to create confusion. Their conduct is from the devil as God is not the author of confusion but of peace as in all Churches of the Saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40) St. Paul charged the members in those days: “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. (2 Thessalonians 3:6) We are advised to be obedient and orderly in conduct so as to be on God’s side of favour and be saved in His Kingdom when fully established. – Job 36:9-11.