Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peacable and considerate, and to show true humility toward men.
Awhile back my husband and I were watching a TV show called Jericho on Netflix. We were hooked! What would it be like to have nuclear bombs go off across America? How would we conduct our lives? Would we respect those around us? Those in authority? Would we get caught up in the hype? Would we just tear others and do our own thing or help those in our community? We could say what we want now, but what would we REALLY do? Would we respect some of those in authority?
It’s tough sometimes if we don’t agree with them. In this age, if you don’t agree with them you need to belittle them. Slander them. Put people down, in a way to make others feel better about themselves.
If you didn’t figure it out yet, these people in office are not perfect. They aren’t going to get it all right. They may even have more on their plate then you even realize.
What does Paul ask Titus?
He asks him to
- be subject to rulers
- be obedient
- be ready to do whatever is good.
During that time, the government could have been just as corrupt or worse. Maybe more things were allowed ( I haven’t studied this area enough to tell you). But Paul asked Titus to be subject to the rulers and to be obedient. His testimony, even to the government that was there, was important.
He was asked to
- not slander anyone
- be peaceable and considerate
- show true humility to all men
How we conduct ourselves is important.
Are we really ready to do “whatever is good”?
Or are we self-absorbed and in the “rat-race”, “first come, first serve” mentality?
Are we willing to pray for our enemies and do good to those who hurt us so they can see God?
Or we will we just pour on words of hate?
As I write all this, I wonder if I am showing and doing this in my own life and family or just around others?
God’s grace and forgiveness, as well as others forgiveness, is something I cherish.
Think about how you are conducting yourself today and ask God to help you. Every time you catch yourself speaking a negative word, try to think up some good things and say those instead. Pull it out of the deepest part of your brain if you have to, but start replacing a critical spirit with a kind one.
Lord, please help me today to respect those around me. To be subject and obedient. To be ready to do whatever is good, even when it gets hard. Help me to speak kind words of people and not slander their names. Help me be peacable and considerate of others, in and outside my own home. Help me to show You and not myself. Thank You for reminding me at times how imperfect I am and how you show me Your love, regardless. Help me to do the same for others. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Be inspired today!