Please read 1 Timothy 6:11-21, Titus in its entirety (don’t worry, it’s only 3 chapters) and 2 Timothy 1. We finish 1 Timothy today, we finish Titus today – we’re knocking out the New Testament! What’s your highlight today? When you’ve read these few chapters, come on back and let’s visit for a minute!
“some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life” 1 Timothy 6:10-11 NKJV
What do we do in the midst of all these challenges? We flee from them, in pursuit of the Holy Spirit (we never stop one thing without replacing it with another – God offers a better way every time!). We guard what has been placed in our trust. We do not stray. We do not trust in false knowledge. We fight. You see what is your responsibility – do you see what is not your responsibility? God does not command us to win, because victory belongs to Him (phew, really takes the pressure off!). You do your best, leave the results to the Lord.
“in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you” Titus 2:7-8
You cannot control what other people say – but you can control your own actions/speech/behaviors. Live in a way that doesn’t give others an opportunity to speak evil of you.
“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Titus 3:1-2
Don’t speak evil of others (don’t even take the opportunity to do so!).
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7
BUT (sometimes that’s a great little word!) when kindness and love appeared, amen. Kindness and love ought to show up when we show up too.