Sunday, January 13, 2013

Titus 2:13

13 Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
     The book of Titus is a short three chapters, but this letter from Paul to a fellow Christian, Titus, at the church in Crete is filled with guidance for living in such a way that their lives become a gift to others.
     Just as Proverbs 31 speaks of the kind of wife a man should seek, this book can almost be used to define what kind of husband a wife should seek ... or for that matter, what kind of man or woman to be.

Titus 1:6-9 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since {a leader} manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.  He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Titus 2:2-10 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.   Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.   Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness  and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.   Teach {employees} to be subject to their {employers} in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
Titus 3:3 & 9 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 peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. ...  But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.


     Regardless of your faith ... or beliefs ... can you imagine the world we would live in, or the governments that would govern us, if we all followed these guidelines?  Can you imagine the peace we would have in this world?
 

Perhaps it is time we held ourselves ...
and our leaders ...
to a higher standard ...
 

2 comments:

  1. 'to be subject to their husbands' bothers me. Quite a lot. I would prefer that people developed personal responsibility rather than looking to someone else for guidance.
    Just the same much/most of this would make life a calmer more peacable place. Which is not a bad thing.

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    1. I should have used The Message version as I agree with your point. It states: "By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior." I think what is really being said is that we [the 'older and wiser' wives and women] should set good examples for our daughters and the younger women to follow.

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