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Negativity is the Enemy of Peace

In Titus 3:1-15, Paul gives Titus instructions on how Christians should respond to civil law and authority. Titus 3:2 tells us “to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate and to show true humility toward all men.” In verse 9,  Paul warns Titus (and us) not to get involved in controversies about the law because they are “unprofitable and useless.”

Being a witness for Christ is about how we live and react daily. When we badmouth a boss who seems unreasonable or argue about the latest hot-button issue, we are accomplishing nothing, and we certainly are not being peaceable or humble.

Satan loves this behavior. It distracts us from telling others the good news about Jesus. Negative attitudes can hold us back from all the blessings God has for us. He is always preparing and equipping us for greater service.

In Philippians 2:14-15, Paul reminds us that just as stars brightly shine against the dark of night, so our lives as Christians shine like light in the spiritual darkness of our world. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to be that light. When we stay away from those who complain and cause unrest, and we refrain from doing those things ourselves, our hope and enthusiasm leaves a lasting influence on those around us.

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