Titus is one of those books of the Bible you almost never hear anyone talk about. Humbly nestled between 2 Timothy and Philemon and at a mere 3 chapters long, it’s one of those books that’s easy to ignore.
Don’t. It’s awesome and useful.
In fact, without Titus we wouldn’t have two of the most beautiful portrayals of what this whole Jesus thing is all about. Here’s one:
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)
And here’s the other:
At one time, too, we were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7)
If you ever struggle telling peeps the good news, either one of these passages is a great place to start. Meditate on ’em. Marinate in ’em. Memorize ’em. And then live ’em!
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