Titus 3:1-8 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
In this season of political dialogue and debate it is important to remember that what our sin sick world needs most is the Gospel. The Gospel alone can change the human heart. How do we get a hearing for the Gospel among some who mock God, His people, and who exalt sin? The book of Titus gives great advice for God’s people who live in an ungodly world. The Apostle Paul, after setting things in order in the local church (Chapter One), giving instructions for godly living to all in the Church, he tells them that the grace of god that saves also trains us for godly living and to be zealous of good works (Chapter Two). He then addresses our behavior toward the ungodly world in Chapter Three:
1. We must live by the laws of the land and be prepared to do good works Titus 3:1,
2. Display godly character Titus 3:2,
3. Remember that we used to be ungodly with some of the same attitudes and behaviors Titus 3:3, (and we would still be acting like them but for one glorious fact: the kindness (grace) and love of God we’ve received Titus 3:4-7 that saved us).
Where would we be without the kindness and love of God from our Savior? There were no works we could do to earn or merit this salvation. We deserved judgment and eternal separation from God in Hell. In light of that, show God’s grace, love, and mercy to a lost, sin sick world.