Duration: 365 days
GOD’S UNAFRAID LOVE
When Paul writes to Titus, his traveling companion and co-laborer in God’s kingdom, Titus is in Crete, strengthening the churches there.
In his greeting, Paul proclaims to Titus that God’s appointed time has come. Since the dawn of time, God has promised to rescue his people, and now he has.
Paul charges Titus to find and develop elders in the churches in Crete. These leaders must know Jesus and live like him; they are living demonstrations of who he is.
There are false teachers in Crete who, for money, are peddling a false spirituality—claiming that for Gentiles to really follow God they must follow the law, such as abstaining from impure foods. But Paul insists that God has called all things pure. “To the pure, all things are pure” (Titus 1:15). People who think corruptly won’t see anything as pure, no matter how pure those things are.
All believers are to press in and know Jesus, exploring “the kindness and love of God” that led him to save us (Titus 3:4-5). Jesus’ love will spur us on to love people well. And because we’ve been reborn by his Spirit, he will empower us to be kind, to live justly, and to live as his children. Then we’ll live out his love to the watching world.
The King’s Heart
“I love you and I will empower you to live out my love,” God says through Paul in his letter to Titus.
The early believers understood this. When plagues struck, most people avoided those who were ill, but believers would care for the ill and dying. They would visit prisoners when there was a social stigma attached to associating with the lowest class. They would stand with people in the hardness of life. Hospitals and charities were born out of these expressions of God’s kingdom love.
This is living out of God’s heart. He has done the same for all of us. “You were sick, but I wasn’t scared to be with you in it and love you. You were in prison, but I came to you there and gave you the choice to let me rescue you. You were broken, but I have stepped into your heart and I am mending it.”
Titus was one of Paul’s key gospel-spreading companions. He went with Paul from Antioch to meet with the leaders in Jerusalem (see Galatians 2:1-3). He worked with the believers in Corinth and carried Paul’s letter to them (see 2 Corinthians 8:17, 23). Paul entrusted him to strengthen the churches in Crete—Titus knew God and lived out his love.
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