Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Titus 3:1,2 ESV
These are the words of Paul to Titus about what the church needs to be reminded of. The words used are words meant to help people to know how to act in a way that shows God’s people are different than the world.
Paul’s words still apply to us today.
We are to be submissive to rulers and authorities. We are to respect those in authority, whose authority is God given. (Romans 13:1-7)
We are to be obedient people. (1 Peter 1:13-16)
We are to be ready for every good work. (Titus 2:7,8)
We are to speak evil of no one. (James 4:11)
We are to avoid quarreling. (Romans 13:13)
We are to be gentle. (Galatians 5:22-24)
We are to be courteous. (Romans 13:7)
Imagine how the church would look to the world if we practiced these things. Imagine how we would feel about each other if we practiced these things. Maybe we should stop imagining, and start realizing these behaviors in our lives as followers of Jesus. Giving the world reason to glorify our God.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman