CHARACTER IN ACTION
Today’s Reading: TITUS 1-3
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Key Verses: Titus 3:1-2, 14
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men…And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful!
Titus is being instructed by Paul as he was establishing the church on the island of Crete.
Titus 1 – True Christianity was spreading throughout the land, but so was false teaching concerning the faith. Like weeds that encroach upon a newly seeded garden, so heresy was spreading. Therefore, Titus was to carefully screen and appoint well-qualified leaders. He was to rebuke sharply any who might use their position for “dishonest gain,” and those who “profess to know God, but in works they deny Him.”
Titus 2 – We are taught to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
Titus 3 – There is one word in Titus 3:14 that stands out as the key to living a life pleasing to God! It’s the word, “LEARN!” I’ve just checked the Oxford dictionary and it says that “LEARN” means to acquire knowledge and skill, to become competent, to grasp, to master, to absorb, to assimilate, to digest, to study, to read up on, to be taught, etc.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that I will confess You before others, not only in my words, but in my every action. Teach me to say “NO” to all ungodliness, and may I LEARN to live an upright and godly life. Help me Lord, from minute to minute, to be consistent in the practical doing of Your word, loving not only in word but in deed. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Our son Ron and daughter-in-“love” Ann post and check over my blog each day. Thanks so very much loved ones. Their daughter Andrea and their son-in-law Rev. Jason Patterson move next week to Indianapolis, Indiana, where they believe God has called them to plant a church. Titus was called of God to do the same thing in Crete. Paul’s advice for Crete will work in any place at any time. I ask my blog buddies to pray fervently for Jason, Andrea and their daughter Jadice. To help us “Pray with the understanding” (1 Cor. 14:15)…This Monday, Andrea defends her PhD dissertation in Oklahoma City and then they move the next day. If you are interested in Andrea’s dissertation summary in her area of biomedical research, click here (it’s a little too technical for most of us!). Thanks so very very much for your prayers!!!
Yours for being all God wants us to be and for doing all He wants us to do,
P.S. The news of the terror attacks in Paris yesterday launched many of God’s people into prayer. Let’s continue to intercede for the many who have lost loved ones, and also pray that the comfort of the Lord will be powerfully shared by many followers of Jesus in France.