Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 176/260: Read Titus 3

Why should we be kind to other people? Why should we respect authority, speak evil of no one, and be peaceable and humble? Because God showed us mercy!

If we are to reach anyone with the love of God, we must first demonstrate how that love has impacted us. Posting hateful statements on social media will hinder that message. Speaking evil of people in positions of authority—that includes politicians—will hinder that message. In an election year, it is especially difficult to avoid such things, but as Christians, we must!

I understand that you want certain people with similar values to yours in office, but we must not spread false witness about those we oppose. Do your research before you post something negative about a politician; make certain that it is true! Distributing a photograph that has been manipulated to show them in a bad light and misleading information about their voting or service records reflects poorly upon your character, not theirs.

Show mercy and grace whenever possible, knowing that mercy and grace has been shown to you by the Almighty God. Extend to others the same love Christ showed to you. You might lose an argument or two, but you might win a soul for Christ. Isn’t that more important?

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 Corinthians 1:10. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Pray

Pray for all men, for elected officials and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

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