Journal Titus 3 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
Scripture: “Remind them:
- to be submissive to rulers and authorities,
- to be obedient,
- to be ready for every good work,
- to speak evil of no one,
- to avoid quarreling,
- to be gentle,
- and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
For we ourselves were once:
- led astray,
- slaves to various passions and pleasures,
- passing our days in malice and envy,
- hated by others and hating one another.
But when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness but according to His own mercy…so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:1-7
Observation: Paul is good to have a reminder of what good works looks like. He is also good to firmly review where we came from. And he is good to confirm this is the Gospel, the message of Salvation and of our hope. Clarity is good…
Analysis: During these contentious times I am thankful that these practical directives are available. I am also glad that of the reminder that I was the same way as the folks that create the contention. It leads me to understand why these actions are so important to honor the Kingdom of God and the Gospel.
This section of scripture is a summary of how I should be looking at everything in my life: through the Lens of the Gospel.
Prayer: Father, I am glad that there are sections of the Scriptures that are soooo clear as this that no commentary is needed—just a reminder of the glorious Gospel.
Cause revival. AMEN.