This is a passage from the second (of three) chapters of Titus. I have selected one passage of scripture from each of the three chapters of Titus, and this is the second post. Today I have chosen the whole of Titus chapter 2:
Promote Right Teaching
As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honours God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.
Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive in every way.
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
You must teach these things and encourage the believers to do them. You have the authority to correct them when necessary, so don’t let anyone disregard what you say.
This time I am not going to repeat all of the good advice that it gives us for living our lives. We can all read what is there, and apply it to our lives. There are a four things that I want to draw to your attention from this passage. One. The part about slaves usually gets a skim over as we think that it doesn’t apply to us, but what if I changed the word slave to employees, and master to employer? Does that make it more relevant? How do you respond to your boss? I have had some pretty awful employers in the past, but I have still tried to do what was right. I’m telling you now that it is not easy, but God has called us to be the salt of the earth. Two. We are to teach (and live out) the truth, so that those who oppose us will be shamed and have nothing bad to say about us. Do the people who oppose us have bad things to say about us, and what is more concerning, are those bad things true? We live in a world where we hear things like, “I don’t care what others think, I’ll do what I want”. Although we shouldn’t let others distract us from doing what God has called us to do (which they will try to do), we shouldn’t do anything wrong that they can legitimately hold against us. Three. We must teach and correct each other. We love this as Christians, we love to be corrected. See the sarcasm here? We should love to be corrected as it helps us be more like Jesus, but often we don’t. Make sure that you are not above correction (in love). Remember to also correct in love, not in anger.
My last point is an interesting one. This is talking about Jesus when t says, “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” The passage has just finished talking about us doing (or not doing) certain things, then it says that Jesus death has set us free from every kind of sin. Now here is a question. If we have been set free from sin, why do we still struggle with it? I believe this is because Jesus died so that we have the authority to chose not to sin, however we can still chose to ignore what Jesus did. His power, our actions. Sound familiar (I have used that phrase before). I hope that this has given you something to aim for.
We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!