Be Ready For Every Good Work
"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
We should be prepared to do every good work that comes our way.
This statement alone contains more than it seems. Firstly, it's not enough to just do every good work–we need to be prepared.
That means each and every single day we need to stay in shape spiritually by praying and being in Scripture.
Remain In Unity
"But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless." – Titus 3:9
Wasteful activities such as these are unprofitable and worthless. A common theme across all these is that they stir up division.
Foolish Controversies – Why spend the time to debate the latest conspiracy theory that have no relevance to your day-to-day life?
Genealogies – This is about pedigree–when Jesus did his ministry, the Pharisees loved name-dropping the patriarchs Abraham and Moses. In this context, Paul is referring to the difference between Jew and Greek, slave and free. This really serves to address any form of discrimination among the congregation. Debating this is not only unhelpful but also harmful.
Dissensions – Disagreements on small things should not divide us. We should, by no means, agree with everything each other say–that's called having no opinion. We should agree on sound doctrine. But minor things like eating meat or not should not divide us.
Quarrels about the Law – No, it's not time to bash on the lawyers, despite how often lawsuits and litigation about "fairness" occur these days. But actually, in this context, Paul refers to the Law that was given to the Jews and circumcision. This is another point of division that shouldn't happen.
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