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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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To Titus, his brother and co-worker in Christ, Paul writes this short letter with a clear purpose in mind:  To encourage, instruct and exhort his young partner in the grand cause of Christ. 

Paul starts and ends this chapter with the common theme of spiritual integrity.  In verse one he reminds us that truth must be married to godliness in the life of the follower of Christ.  A life that embraces truth and manifests itself in a godly life is one that is lived in the hope and certainty of eternal life (vs. 2).  A life lived on those terms is full of grace, mercy and peace (vs. 4).  Double-minded disciples of Christ lack spiritual integrity.  They profess to know and love God but their life and works tell a different story.  Rather than obeying and following God out of love, they live a disobedient life, which as Paul says, disqualifies them for every good work (vs. 16).

Wrapped between these admonitions for spiritual integrity, Paul outlines those qualities that leaders in the church should demonstrate – mainly a life in harmony with the principles of heaven (vs. 5-15).

How does your profession of loyalty to Christ line up with your life?  Does our talk line up with our walk?  May your day be filled with peace as you willingly surrender all to Christ, the lover of your soul.


Bob Folkenberg, Jr.

Chinese Union Mission