Start with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)
Read Scripture: Titus 3:1-8
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.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Paul, in writing to Titus, is instructing him in how to teach the Scriptures as well as live them. He summarizes what Jesus does when he saves us. We move from a life of sin to one where we are led by the Holy Spirit. ALL our sins are washed away, not just some. This doesn’t happen because we earned it or deserved it. It’s all a gift from God. Note that the persons of the Trinity are mentioned by Paul because all three participate in the work God is doing in us. Based on the redeeming work that the Son did on the cross, the Father forgives and the Holy Spirit continues to renew and refresh us.
Questions to Ponder:
How do you see the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?
God. Remind me that my devotion to you is first in my life. Yet when I fail in loving you well, I can always seek you and will find you. You follow me wherever I run. My steps are known to you and I cannot be hidden from you. In that, I place my hope, knowing that you are a forever Father to me here on earth. Amen.
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