Lord, You are the source of all life and all that is good. I want to live a life in line with You.
What stood out most to you from this passage?
As you read today's passage, remember that Paul is writing to Titus in a context where there is teaching that is damaging the church. Again Paul differentiates this teaching from "sound doctrine" (1). In Greek, to be sound is to be healthy.
Paul is concerned that the church in Crete should be healthy in what is taught by its leaders (1:9, 2:1), in the faith convictions of those who are respected (2) and in the speech of its young men (8). Women, likewise, are exhorted to maintain specific responsibilities. There are words here directed toward people of different genders, ages and social circumstances (3-6,9,10).
For Paul, health is not limited to words, it is seen in actions. It is revealed as Christians say "no" to worldly things and "yes" to God (12). It is illustrated as we wait in hope for the fulfillment of all God's promises (13). So before we may think we can disregard today's Bible note, let's stop and think: What does this mean for me? What might the Lord be saying today about how I live and what I say?
What are the practical areas of your life in which you need to say no to ungodliness? Journal about this and then act.
Holy God, help me to live a life that reflects the God I profess and to live it from the heart. I love You.
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