Remind Them...

Titus 3:1-7 says,

"Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. They must not slander anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people."

You may need to re-read this passage. I've read it several times this morning.

Don't miss the fullness of Paul's word choice: "every good work", "must not slander", "showing complete courtesy to all people".

Thia is what I'm told to "remind" you. But why?  Why do you, and I need reminding?  That's easy, because we forget!   

Here's another question, "Why should I show this type of kindness to those types of people?  Shouldn't I be against them?"  Great question, glad you asked. For the answer all you have to do is keep reading this letter to Titus.  

Why should we show this type of kindness to those types of people? 

"For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another. But, when the kindness of God our Saviour and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewin of the Holy Spirit..." Titus 3:3-5

If that scripture confused you let me answer the question of "Why be kind to those types of people?" this way. 

Because it wasn't that long ago that you were just like them!  And, God, not something you did, but God saved you by his grace. Grace has a name, it's Jesus Christ. 

So, what am I saying? Be nice to the world. Jesus didn't come yelling and screaming and neither should you. Jesus's ministry didn't consist of attacking those far from God and neither should yours.  

Hear a warning from Titus 1:16, "They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny him."   

My prayer for the church is this, that our words = our actions.  

Have a blessed day as you trust in and live like Jesus, 

Pastor Matt