1 Timothy 2:1-4 – For All That Are In Authority

1 Timothy 2:1-4
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 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

-It is easy to cast judgment on our leaders for their lack of wisdom, their lack of foresight, and even their lack of spirituality; but let those among us without sin be the first to cast stones (John 8:7).  We are so quick to be critical, but we didn’t learn that from Jesus.  There is no Bible verse teaching us to criticize; we are called to pray for and give thanks for our Governors, our Senators, and so on all the way up to our President.  We should intercede as one who understands that if we had such authority, we would be making our own mistakes; we would go too far on some issues and not far enough on others- we ourselves would be the object of someone’s criticism.  If offering such respect to our leaders “is good and acceptable in the sight of God” (verse 3), it can only mean that failing to offer such courtesy is bad and unacceptable in the sight of God.

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