The commandments below apply generally, but even more so did they apply to the Cretans with whom Titus worked:

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.
Titus 3:1-2 NET

The Cretans were “rebellious, malicious, and violent.”/1 (For another description of them, see Titus 1:12-13.) Continue reading

God makes beautiful things. Creation leaves us amazed with the touch of his hand. It’s no wonder, then, that the divine religion is also a thing of beauty.

Tell slaves to submit to their own masters and please them in everything they do. They shouldn’t talk back or steal. Instead, they should show that they are completely reliable in everything so that they might make the teaching about God our savior attractive in every way.
—Titus 2:9-10 CEB

What makes God’s teaching attractive? Continue reading

Quarrels never reach a conclusion, never solve a problem, never convince an opponent. Human words do not bring people near to God; on the contrary, to proffer opinions or speculations is the way to ruin.

Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen.
2 Tim 2.14 NET Continue reading

By one scholar’s count, one-third of the New Testament is made up of letters to the churches. That this much space takes up the canon of the new covenant attests to the importance of how the saints should conduct themselves in God’s household (1 Tim 3.15). It is of no little interest to God how the church lives in the world and demonstrates its love to one another (1 Pet 1.22). These letters reveal what was taught in all the churches (1 Cor 4.17, 7.17) and what was expected of them as God’s people. The letters teach us that holiness is not only essential (1 Pet 1.14-17), but has definite contours, with truths, principles and commandments that apply to all ages, everywhere.

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A bad elder is worse than no elder. The need for good elders and servants is urgent, but let no one rush to ordain them without proper consideration (1 Timothy 5.22). Careful observation will show both evil and good works in a man’s life.

The sins of some people are obvious, going before them into judgment, but for others, they show up later. Similarly good works are also obvious, and the ones that are not cannot remain hidden.
1 Timothy 5.24-25 NET Continue reading

Sometimes Christians are forced to chose between being accepted by others and being a good servant of Christ Jesus. We will cease to be a friend to many who love error, if we insist on truth, or we will cease to be Christ’s good servants, if we cave in to demands.

By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
1 Timothy 4.6 NET Continue reading