As the United States prepares to elect a new president just a few months from now, political debate seems to be at an all time high. Never before have I seen such blatant dishonor among candidates. This behavior seems to have spread to the public at large, and while I might expect this from unbelievers, many Believers, too, are struggling to “bless and not curse.”
Do not misread what I’m saying here, it is one thing to evaluate a candidate based on biblical views; it is quite another to badmouth, and belittle.
So with all of this in mind I’ve shared some key verses on kindness. Yes, we are called to impact the culture. Yes, we are called to stand and set the example. Daniel, Joseph, and David set incredible biblical examples of not touching God’s anointed—they honored those in leadership, and because of this God honored them. This honor earned them key opportunities to speak into serious issues, which later greatly impacted their nation and the way their leaders interacted with the God of Israel. We, too, are called to such a standard. Will we rise to the challenge?
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”—Galatians 6:7
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”—Ephesians 4:32
“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”—Luke 6:35
“The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.”—Proverbs 11:17
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.”—Colossians 3:12
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”—1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”—Galatians 6:10
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’”—1 Peter 4:8
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”—Matthew 25:34-36
The Word of God states in Ephesians 6:12 that “…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” As we continue to grow closer to the November election, we at Curt Landry Ministries invite you to step away from the television and step in to your prayer closet. Ask God to reveal His heart to you about the issues that are troubling you. In His presence we are made strong, and through our prayers and petitions we bring light where once there was darkness.