December 18th, 2020

Silence and Listening



“. . .to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.”--Titus 3:2-3 (ESV)

In the face of a deeply troubled and polarized world we are admonished “to speak evil of no one” and “to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”  Humanly speaking this is not always easy "but with God all things are possible.”—Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)  A simple prayer such as “God, help me” when faced with a difficult situation or temptation is most wonderful indeed (Proverbs 18:10).  I’ve done this many times as I learn to live in dependence upon God Who is an ever-present help in every time of need (Psalm 46:1).  His love is always there to provide the needed help in the best possible way which sometimes comes in unexpected ways.  We have this wonderful promise that the Savior left us, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”—John 14:27 (NKJV)

The truth about ALL people is that in their inner being they are in God's image and likeness.  When we judge them otherwise we are indeed bearing false witness.