Titus 3:1-2 NIV 2011
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.
Paul consistently wrote in his letters believers were subject to all in authority over them. Romans 13:1, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established.” 1 Peter 2:13-14v, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority whether to the emperor…or to the governors.” Though citizen of heaven, they were to submit to those leaders with earthly authority over them. By setting the example of doing whatever is good they reflected Jesus Christ. Peace with Jesus changes a believer’s heart. Ephesians 4:31, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger…” Peace permeates hearts of Jesus’ faithful.
When did we stop being peace-loving individuals? The basis is grounded in the decline in the growth of Christianity. How many people will be found on any given Sunday morning in church pews? We have drifted far, far away from our foundational Judeo Christian values. In elementary school, the Bible was read daily in my classes. Prayer and the Bible were removed from schools in 1962. And we’ve been on a downward spiral since. We need to do what’s good. Following Jesus Christ, I choose to live in peace.
How is peace your primary goal today?
Choosing good over evil,