Take a few minutes to read Titus 3:1-11. Meditate on Paul’s instruction. We are commanded to have proper interaction with all people based on a proper understanding of the Gospel. When we understand that we are all born foolish and sinful, we are not as fast to be impatient and discourteous. When we understand that it is only God’s work of salvation that has changed us, we are fast to reflect God’s kindness.
On this election day, I have been especially gripped by the commands in Titus 3:2: “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Showing perfect courtesy is really in my mind. This courtesy is to be shown to all, including individuals of differing political positions. It includes people who are living in rebellion against God. (Note: especially consider the context of Titus)
Perfect courtesy (gentleness) does not mean approval of sin, agreement on issues, or even silence. It means reflecting the same grace God showed to us. It means imitating the God who received us as His children, when we were sinners who deserved His wrath.
As we vote and interact with others at the polls, on social media, and other means, let’s depend on God’s grace to show perfect courtesy to all. Let’s also take time to thank God that He has transformed us by grace and can do the same for others.
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