The Christian Public Servant – “perfect courtesy”

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November 7, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading

Titus 3:1-3 [NIV] Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

 

Reflection 

Wow! What a hateful type of people we must have been! Now, in Christ, Paul summarizes his list: (1) be submissive to those in authority; (2) be ready for every good work; (3) speak evil of no one; (5) be gentle with a wonderful attitude and action we are to show and give everyone we encounter.

 

Christ calls you and me to give one another perfect courtesy.

 

But is perfect courtesy possible? Is it possible especially at work, where human consideration might take second place to productivity and deadlines? Is it possible in a workplace that forgets human kindness and favors bullying and hostility? My answer is, YES!

 

You can love with perfect courtesy – especially at work and even with people who show hostility – because you, too, were foolish and disobedient. Like me, you hated and tried to deceive. Yes, like me, you were captive to all types of selfishness. You and I were like that until we met Christ. And now we are able to show perfect courtesy – the same kind of love He shows you and me.

 

Today at work, as hard as it may be, make amends with that coworker or supervisor who just doesn’t understand what Christ expects. Show that person perfect courtesy.

 

This is what Christ expects of you this workday.

 

Prayer

Father, You know the issues I face at work. You know the challenges I have working with those I must serve. Remind me constantly today of what You expect of me. Give me strength to meet Your expectation. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

 

Chris Summers

Chaplain

W.C. Holman Correctional Facility

Alabama Department of Corrections

Atmore, Alabama USA

 

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