To Titus and Friends

I Paul…
for the faith of those chosen of God…
in the hope of eternal life,
which God, who cannot lie,
promised long ages ago
To Titus…
For this reason I left you…
that you would…
appoint elders…
above reproach,
the husband of one wife,
having children who believe,
not accused of dissipation
or rebellion…
not self-willed,
not quick-tempered,
not addicted to wine,
not pugnacious,
not fond of sordid gain,
but hospitable,
loving what is good,
holding fast the faithful word…
For there are many rebellious men,
empty talkers and deceivers…
who must be silenced
because they are upsetting whole families…
reprove them severely…
not paying attention to…
commandments of men
who turn away from the truth…
to those…unbelieving…
their mind and their conscience are defiled.
They profess to know God,
but by their deeds they deny Him,
being detestable and disobedient and worthless…
Older men are to be temperate,
sound in faith,
in love,
in perseverance.
Older women…
not malicious gossips
nor enslaved to much wine,
teaching what is good…
encourage the young women
to love their husbands,
to love their children,
to be sensible,
workers at home,
being subject to their own husbands…
urge the young men to be sensible…
an example of good deeds,
with purity in doctrine,
sound in speech which is beyond reproach…
bondservants to be subject to their own masters…
For the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny… worldly desires
and to live sensibly, righteously and godly…
looking for the… appearing of…
our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus…
who gave Himself for us
to redeem us from every lawless deed,
and to purify for Himself
a people for His own possession,
zealous for good deeds…
Remind them to be subject to rulers…
to be ready for every good deed,
to malign no one,
to be peaceable,
showing every consideration for all men.
For we also once were foolish…
enslaved to various lusts…
in malice and envy,
hating one another.
But when the kindness of God our Savior
and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us,
not on the basis of deeds which we have done…
but according to His mercy,
by the washing of regeneration
and renewing by the Holy Spirit…
being justified by His grace
we would be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life…
But avoid foolish controversies…
and strife and disputes…
Reject a factious man…
Grace be with you all.
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One Response to To Titus and Friends

  1. themamaduck says:

    Awesome post! Thank you for the wonderful reminder from Titus.

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