Wednesday November 24, 2021

Wednesday – November 24th – Titus 2:2-5     -----     
 2:2) that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
3) the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things-- 
4) that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 
5) to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
      Happy Wednesday my friends! And for many folks this is also their “Friday” in this short holiday work week. I pray that you have seized every opportunity God has sent you way to be a representative of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our inspirational thought leans into this very idea. I know from my previous professional occupation that when we leave this world we are unable to take any of our possessions, our accomplishments, or our titles with us into eternity. The only thing we take with us is the status of our relationship with Jesus. At the moment of our departing from this life that one thing is all that matters. However, what we leave behind is as equally important. I am not speaking of mere earthly possessions, but instead how we have blessed or encouraged others in the faith is what makes a difference in their lives. Take a moment to pass something of eternal value on to another person. Because you can’t take it with you when you go.
     In our pick verses today, Paul continues his teaching on ministering to those who are part of the church family. In these four verses Paul sets out a pattern of faith filled practices for the believers in the church on the island of Crete. While these specific instructions are geographical and generational specific to Paul’s day and time, the over arching principles remain timeless. Mature believers shoulder the responsibility to be disciplined in their own lives as their witness to younger believers. Their lives are evidenced by being spiritually sound and firmly grounded in their faith through displaying a strong faith in God, love for others, and patience amid difficulties. Setting aside the cultural differences of two thousand years and distance halfway across the world, believers today should always be aware that others are more often constructing their faith journey on the example of others than on the words of scripture. Our role as a fully committed followers of Jesus is to represent the truth of scripture for those who choose to watch us instead of reading the Bible. My prayer is that our lives are a true reflection and not a contradiction of God’s Holy Word.

  Pastor Jim
Thursday – November 25th – Titus 2:6-8
 *Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 61767-61768). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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