Speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling, and show perfect courtesy to all people. – Titus 3:2
I turn on my computer, and I check the headlines. I turn it off again, wondering why I bothered. We are surrounded by darkness. Just in one week, there were public rallies by neo-Nazis, a deathly mudslide in Africa, international tensions running high, and Finland proudly proclaiming that it is planning to eradicate Down’s syndrome. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is evidence of bad news. So many of us enter the fray, lamenting on Facebook or Twitter the evil of the world. But what do we do in our own neighborhoods and homes? What are we doing to combat the evil closest to us? Are we loving those who are right in front of us in our own towns and even houses? Are we intentionally crossing racial, ethnic, social, and denominational barriers to love people? Are we praying for our own churches as well as the church across the street?
If we have no unity in the visible church, why are we surprised when there is so much division in our world? We tell people that God is love and Christians are loving, but that’s not what the world sees amongst us. Too many times, when the world looks upon the church, it sees infighting and backbiting. It hears Christians grumbling about others. It is not surprising that the unbelieving world looks upon the fractured church, shakes its head, and walks away. Too often, we’re no different from the world.
But what would happen if every Christian in every church would resolve to put Titus 3:2 into practice? What would happen if we intentionally chose to never speak evil about another, whether he or she was a believer or not? What would happen if we lived gently and respectfully, treating everyone we met with courtesy wrapped in the love of Christ?
Cedarcreek Community Church
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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