Teach the church to love everyone because of the Gospel
Titus 3:1-8
We should love all people taking into account that we were like them in the past.
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Published May 20th, 2016
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Meditations and Aplications
Titus 3:1-8
Teach them to love, serve and be gentle with all people
Remind them
to be submissive
Content #1
to rulers
and authorities,
to be obedient,
Content #2-#3
to be ready
for every good work,
Purpose? / Context
to speak evil
Content #4
of no one,
to avoid quarreling,
Content #5-#7
to be gentle,
and to show perfect courtesy
toward all people.
Because we were like them
For we ourselves were once foolish,
led astray,
slaves to various passions
and pleasures,
passing our days
in malice
and envy,
hated by others
and hating one another.
Because the only difference between we and them is God's mercy
But ... he saved us,
when ... appeared,
the goodness
Content? / Explanation
and loving kindness
of God
our Savior
not because of works
done by us
in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
by the washing
Means #1
of regeneration
and renewal
Means #2
of the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us richly
through Jesus Christ
our Savior,
so that ... we might become heirs
being justified by his grace
according to the hope
of eternal life.
Therefore, insist on teach them to abound in good works to the men
The saying is trustworthy,
and I want you to insist
on these things,
so that those ... may be careful
who have believed
in God
to devote themselves
to good works.
These things are excellent
and profitable
for people.
Meditations and Aplications
Teaching to love and serve everyone Paul asks Titus to teach the church to walk in a love for all humans —honoring, respecting, serving, loving and doing good to all of them. But Paul adds an idea: we should love all people taking into account that we were like them in the past. What a difficult task it is to bear all the injustices and evil deeds that we suffer in this world! And what a difficult task it is sometimes to love these kind of people! But Paul asks Titus to remind the church from Crete that all of them were once like those people they now have to serve, and that the only difference between them and sinners is God marvelous salvation. Without God's mercy, verse 3 would be a description of our lives too. Compassion and service are the fruits of people who admit they were once sinners too. And the appropriate response to the Gospel's mercy are works of mercy. The commandment for us is to devote ourselves to this good works; and these things, only these things, are excellent and profitable for people. Aplications Let us love and be compassionate to all people. Their faults against us are similar to the sins we have commited against others, they are as prideful as we once were. We now see them in their sins and we are horrified of them, but we shouldn't forget that someone saw us when we were in our sins. Let our hearts be filled with compassion like the Jesus!Les us show a geniune love for people. Let us be obedient , let us avoid speak evil of no one and let us seek good for all men. Let us fight against our pride, that appears in our hearts when we see someone doing evil, remembering that we have done evil too.Let us consider all men with a compassionate heart, not with unmerciful judgment. Let us meditate on what God has made in us by his mercy, calling us, justifying us, cleaning us and giving us an heritage. Let us look people knowing that God's grace can save them and change their hearts. We should spend our lives doing good works, let them be our main pursuit, let us work doing good. This is the way Paul shows to Titus: Insist on these things, so that they may entirely devote themselves to good works.
Mateo 5:44-45
44 But I say to you, i Love your enemies and j pray for those who persecute you , 45 k so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good , and l sends rain on the just and on the unjust .
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