Thursday November 25, 2021

Thursday – November 25th – Titus 2:6-8     -----      
2:6 Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 
7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 
8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and all of your family and loved ones. My hope is that today you will spend some quality time reflecting on the many things God has blessed you with over this last year and throughout your entire life. One of the devil’s best and most successful temptations is to divert our thinking from blessings to instead be overwhelmed by curses. He can tempt us to spend more time inventorying the things that have gone wrong in our lives, so we fail to recognize and celebrate the “wins” we have accumulated. Don’t let today slip by without giving God “thanks” for the roses in your life – even if you had to experience a thorn or two in the process.
    In our pick verses today, Paul continues to speak into the heart of his teachings about the conduct of believers in a healthy church community. Our verses today focus on the actions, thoughts, and attitudes of young men. As a qualifier to better understand these verses, as well as yesterday’s verses, we need to think outside the box of “young and old” as being only connected to an age. Also read these verses as speaking about those “young” in the faith, those who might be very impressionable in how they shape their faith and faith journey. The same important principles of self-restraint and self-control from yesterday’s verses are applicable to the “young” men addressed today in verse six. In verses seven and eight, Paul shifts his attention to Titus. He is to be the Christian example for those you are developing their faith, especially the younger men who would look to him as a role model. Like Titus, each of us must live our lives so no accusations can be brought against Christ or His church. Our actions and reactions should always point to the beauty of the Gospel and not the ugliness of humanity. Critics of God’s work can best be silenced by our exemplary lives and our grace-filled words.

  Pastor Jim
Friday – November 26th – Titus 2:9-10
 *Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 61923). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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