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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Paul must have heard about some of the challenges Titus was facing in his ministry on the Island of Crete.  So, as in the first two chapters, Paul again encourages every believer to live a life of surrender to the principles of heaven.  This life includes submitting to the laws and rulers of the land; it includes keeping a tight rein on the tongue (vs. 2), that most-often used instrument of dissention and conflict (James 3:5-6).

Paul also reminds Titus to squelch meaningless disputes about useless and minor theological issues.  They usually create more heat than light (vs. 9)!  In fact, Paul even encourages Titus, as well as each of us, to steer a wide path around divisive people who seem to live for the thrill of conflict and controversy. 

However, as in the previous chapters, Paul can’t help but come back to the foundational truth that our motivation for bridling our tongue, staying clear of controversies, obeying our governmental laws, or any good work for that matter, finds its genesis in our heartfelt love and thanksgiving for the eternal life we have received in and through Christ (vs. 4-7). 

As heirs of the promise of eternal life, our life must be filled with good works which are the natural result of a life in Christ (vs. 8).  Today, live boldly for Him.  Let your light shine before men that they may come to know and glorify the source of this wonderful light – your Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16)!

 

Bob Folkenberg, Jr.

Chinese Union Mission