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.)

The Christian attitudes that Paul mentions are exactly those that substitute those of the former pagan life (see verse 3), fruit of the saving grace of God, first experimented in baptism (verses 4-7).

Today, our society is similar to that of the Cretans. We need these instructions more than ever, based on grace found in obedience to Christ.

Heavenly Father, teach us obedience, love, and peace, so that your Being may be evident in and through us.

Hold this thought: Conversion through baptism means a change of conduct.

1/ Don Shackelford, ed., New Testament survey (Searcy AR: Resource Publications, 1987): 383.

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