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“And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:7).

A decent person.  Is that not what we should all strive to be?  Yet, we often fall into the trap of seeing others as like us and do not see them as they are.  If you have someone decent serving you, give thanks.  It really is that simple.  Be guided by an attitude of charity and do not be critical like the world.  The Lord loves everyone and He calls for us to love everyone too.  If your servant has a good reputation, then be thankful.

Lord, help me to live my life in such a way that I would be seen as a decent person.  Let me not be caught up in the insanity of this world’s constant demands for attention, but instead humbly serve You by serving others.  Let me not think of position or status but think in terms of being faithful.  Guide me, Lord, in the way You know I need to go.  Lead me according to Your will always.

Lord Jesus, even those who wanted to kill You respected that You were someone to be reckoned with.  You held Your ground and dealt with all who approached You.  You have given the example of how to act in so many circumstances.  Guide me, Lord, today and every day to do what is right in the Father’s sight.  Lead me to learn how to always be humble, faithful, and gracious.  Amen.