Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. ~ Romans 13:7
Spend some time and read: Romans 13:1-7
One of the purposes for a church in a community and also Christians in their community is to influence the whole community for Christ, to reach all strata of the community. (Our mission statement reminds us of this, “To lead people to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ”) Our ability to influence whole communities for the gospel is greatly enhanced by how we treat the leadership of the community; it is also influenced by how you treat the individuals in that community.
It is said that you attract more flies with honey than with vinegar, or one negative comment will hold more influence and be remembered longer than one hundred positive comments. It is so important how we treat one another and how we treat our community and the leaders within that community; it is essential that we “give honour where honour is due”. The wonderful thing with all of this is that when you give honour more often than not it will be returned to you, your influence in the community will be increased, your ability to influence the community for Jesus Christ will also be increased.
Our Heavenly Father, We pray for the leadership of the community. Open their hearts to hear your voice. Give us wisdom in reaching their hearts for you. Amen.