For the Sake of the Gospel
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread reading titled for the sake of the Gospel was written by Karen Wong
 the year was 1916 and Nelson had just graduated from medical school in his native Virginia later that year he and his bride of six months arrived in China at the age of 22 he became a surgeon at Love & Mercy Hospital the only Hospital in an area of at least two million Chinese residents
 Nelson together with his family lived in the area for 24 more years running the hospital performing surgeries and sharing the gospel with thousands of people
 someone's being called Foreign Devil by those who distrusted foreigners Nelsonville later became known as the bell who is lover of the Chinese people his daughter roof was too later Mary the Evangelist Billy Graham
 although Nelson was a brilliant surgeon and Bible teacher it wasn't his skills that Drew many to Jesus it was his character and the way he lived out the gospel and Paul's letter to Titus the young Gentle Leader who is taking care of the church and create the Apostle said that living like Christ is crucial because it can make the gospel attractive yet we don't do this on our own strength God's grace helps us live self-controlled up right and godly lives reflecting the truth of our faith
 many people around us still don't know the good news of Christ but they know us may he help us reflect and reveal his message in attractive ways
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Titus Chapter 2 verses 1 through 10
 you however must teach what is appropriate to sound Doctrine teach the older man to be temperate worthy of respect self-control and sound in faith in love and in interest likewise teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live not to be slanderers or addicted too much wine but to teach what is good then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children to be self-controlled and pure to be busy at home to be kind and to be subject to their husbands so that no one will malign the word of God
 similarly encourage the young men to be self-controlled in everything set them an example by doing what is good and you're teaching show Integrity seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us being slaves to be subject to their masters in everything to try to please them not to talk back to them and not to steal from them but to show that they can be fully trust so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our savior attractive
let's pray
 loving God help us to be good representatives of the Gospel help us to draw others to you and your truth thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 thanks for listening today my name is Joyce Jenkins and today is encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries