The saying goes–actions speak louder than words. Paul is attempting to show Titus and the people in his church that their life’s actions speak louder than their words. Whether young or old, male or female, slave or free; each person is responsible for their own actions.
Paul knew that the world is looking for an excuse to stop the church–to counter that, he encouraged the young preacher to embrace a holy life and to teach his congregation to do the same. In doing that, the church then takes away any excuse for the world’s horrible persecution.
In our day, we too are called to live a holy life. The calling is not the basis for our salvation, but, it does lend credibility to our message of hope and it keeps us focused on what is important.
Such a life also gives direction and example to those who come after us. Our families and those with whom we share our lives–look to us for the answers to life’s questions and problems. It is therefore, incumbent upon us, to show them a way to live a life that brings meaning and joy. Embracing that lifestyle, will, in the end, give us a message that will speak, and a life that is full and meaningful.
God Bless You.
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them,
and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
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.
These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.