Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, October 23:
Monday: Ephesians 1:1-23
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:1-22
Wednesday: Ephesians 3:1-21
Thursday: Ephesians 4:1-32
Friday: Ephesians 5:1-33
Saturday: Ephesians 6:1-24
“You can accomplish by kindness,” wrote Publilius Syrus in the first century before the birth of Christ, “what you cannot by force.” Knowing that, or even saying that, is one thing, but doing it is quite another!
William B. McKinley was President of the United States from 1897 to 1901. During his campaign for the White House, a reporter from an opposition newspaper followed him constantly and just as persistently misrepresented McKinley’s views.
Eventually during the campaign, the weather became extremely cold. Even though the reporter did not have sufficiently-warm clothing, he still followed McKinley. One bitter evening, the president-to-be was riding in his closed carriage while the young reporter sat shivering on the driver’s seat outside. McKinley stopped the carriage and invited the young reporter to put on his coat and ride with him inside the warm carriage.
The young reporter was astonished but nevertheless protested that he would not stop opposing McKinley during the campaign. McKinley indicated he knew that, but he insisted that the young man come inside with him anyway.
In the remaining days of the campaign, the reporter continued to oppose McKinley, but never again did he write anything unfair or biased about the future president. Kindness has a way of bringing forth expressions of gratitude that could not happen otherwise. Or, as another writer put it, “One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned.”
Join us for worship this coming Sunday in which we will talk about how God expressed kindness to us in Christ Jesus and how we may express gratitude for the incomparable riches of grace that we have been given (Ephesians 2:6-10).