Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Titus 3:1-3

"Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another."
Titus 3:1-3

I think this is a great thing to remember.  One of the reasons that we need to be humble, obedient, kind, and good to others is that we've been there.  When someone makes a mistake... we've made similar mistakes.  When someone is overwhelmingly rude to us... we've done that to others.  Imagine if we hadn't been able to overcome our mistakes, and if we'd been treated like those things that we've done in the past were our only selves, and we could never overcome them and change into better people.  Today, let's respect the people around us... not always because their current actions deserve respect, but because their potential selves deserve that respect.  Let's truly treat others as we would like to be treated, especially during our worst moments.  God doesn't hold it against us... he encourages us to stand up, repent... try again.  Today, let's give others that same room to change, and not condemn them for the frustration and mistakes that we all make, that we have all felt.

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