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The word froward is found 20 times in the KJV Bible. All but one of these times are found
in the Old Testament, and most of those are found in the book of Proverbs.
Froward simply means that a person has a contrary attitude, or we might say that a froward
person is one whose actions in general make that one difficult to deal with.
In the New Testament we find the Apostle Peter exhorting believers regarding those for
whom they (we) work—dealing with the boss. “Servants, be subject to your masters with
all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward” (1Pet.2:18). The apostle is
teaching and charging all believers how we ought to act towards any who are in a place of
authority over us.
Christians are to humbly and willingly, doing the best they can, complete every task that is
required of them (as long as the task does not require disobedience to the Lord!). That is an
easy thing to do when one’s boss is very kind, gentle and a very desirable person to work
for. But the apostle adds that those bosses or masters who are demanding, surly, difficult to
please and always negative in attitude, are to be served by Christians working for such a
person, just as if that one were very kind and encouraging. Doing so produces a wonderful
Christian testimony to a master or boss. Such an attitude may be used by the Lord to bring
such a person to the Lord Jesus and salvation!
Above all, a Christian should never act in such a way that the believer gains a reputation of
being a very froward or contrary/negative person. Such a person brings much reproach and
dishonor on the blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s remember this verse: “And whatsoever ye
do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Col.3:23). When this is the attitude of
a Christian who is working for a boss, no matter how contrary—froward he may be regard-
ing his responsibility to God and to man, the Lord can use the Christian’s attitude and work
character as the door to great blessing.