People in the world react to their circumstances and to others around them. They determine their attitudes and actions based on what others do. The Christian doesn’t follow the world’s standard.
Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse.
1 Peter 2:18 NET
Even with a bad master, the Christian slave could serve with respect, doing his best. Who determined his actions was Christ and not his master.
In the same way, in every area of life, the Christian acts with the Lord Jesus as his rule. He no longer reacts to others. Having the Lord as his reference point provides him security and integrity.
Unchanging Lord, thank you for giving me the means to be always the same, as is Jesus, yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.