Titus 3 is a beautiful text about doing what is good and right before the lord. Many times we try to justify our sins. We say things like I’m still waiting, or well God doesn’t care.
But he does, and I’m speaking to myself here. When we sin we cause separation from God, and the Bible even says we’re Christ back on the cross.
All sin is wrong, and all sin must be removed from our lives. We especially shouldn’t be tolerating habitual sin, however, I do understand everybody is at different places in their walk with God.
Do not feel ashamed, or condemned if you’re reading this, and you are fighting this battle. Instead, I always recommend that you fast and pray. Ask God to deliver you from sin, and I believe you will be delivered.
Remember, Jesus himself said, sometimes these only come out through prayer and fasting. If you’ve been praying working through your own strength and failing. Maybe you should add a little power.
It’s time to fast.
Titus 3: Do What Is Good And Righteous Before God
3 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, and always ready to do what is good. 2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.Titus 3:1-2
A lot of Christians take this verse to the extreme and they believe we should always submit to those in Authority. While I believe most of the time that is correct, I also believe there is a time to take down and attack the authority above us.
Below is my list of grievances that would justify it:
- If the authority is abusing its power causing harm to people.
- When authority is breaking laws it’s sworn to uphold.
- If authority is harming children or other vulnerable populations. Or if they are condoning the people who do.
- When Authority is murdering its own people.
I know some Christians who believe it’s our duty to ALWAYS submit, and I can’t believe that. Once the authority is taking more power, or hurting people, it’s time for Christians to act. In fact, I think Christians should be standing up for a while before that, but when depends on the situation.
Anyway, Titus 3 is a great guideline for how Christians should be living their lives.
Titus 3: The Past Lies And The Future Truth
3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4 But—
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done. But because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
9 Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. 10 If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. 11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.Titus 3:3-11
Titus 3:5 is key here. In fact, I think it’s the most important verse I’ve seen in Titus 3. We were saved not by our own doing, instead, God in his grace and mercy decided to come and rescue us.
In John 14:6 Jesus states that he is the way. This means that he came to rescue us, and nobody else is coming. So we need to go with him, or we will die.
There are many people in the church who will argue that verse 5 is out of context now. They will say there are many ways to heaven.
If there are many ways, then why did Jesus have to die? It makes no sense for God to send Jesus if there was another way. Don’t you think God would’ve done it? Also, why would Jesus say that he was the way when he wasn’t?
Truth is truth, and many people will argue about pointless issues, while this topic is important, I also believe it’s settled. Anybody arguing against Jesus being the way isn’t a Christian, I consider them to be deceived.
We have to avoid arguments and spiritual pedigrees, all that matters is that God loves us, and sent his son Jesus to die for us.
Who we are, how long our family has been Christian, none of that matters. Because God is no respecter of person. He doesn’t choose favorites and only looks to the heart. And He also sees our actions.
On the day of judgment, he will be the one examining us, and we will be held accountable for the things we’ve done, thought, and said.
I’m terrified of that, but I’m going to keep pressing into Jesus.
Titus 3: Paul’s Final Remarks and Greetings
12 I am planning to send either Artemas or Tychicus to you. As soon as one of them arrives, do your best to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to stay there for the winter. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos with their trip. See that they are given everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
15 Everybody here sends greetings. Please give my greetings to the believers—all who love us.
May God’s grace be with you all.Titus 2:12-15
Titus 3, being a Christians means helping others. I love Titus 3:14 where Paul commands Titus to have the people learn to do good by meeting the needs of others.
It’s one of the easiest ways to make an impact in your community and help transform another person’s heart. In the gospels, it was how Jesus operated as well.
I think if it’s good enough for Jesus, the apostles, and Paul. then it’s good enough for us. Giving to others is something paul commands in Titus 3, and we should be doing the same today.