From Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I’m sent to bring about the faith of God’s chosen people and a knowledge of the truth that agrees with godliness. Their faith and this knowledge are based on the hope of eternal life that God, who doesn’t lie, promised before time began. God revealed his message at the appropriate time through preaching, and I was trusted with preaching this message by the command of God our savior. To Titus, my true child in a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior. The reason I left you behind in Crete was to organize whatever needs to be done and to appoint elders in each city, as I told you. Elders should be without fault. They should be faithful to their spouse, and have faithful children who can’t be accused of self-indulgence or rebelliousness. This is because supervisors should be without fault as God’s managers: they shouldn’t be stubborn, irritable, addicted to alcohol, a bully, or greedy. Instead, they should show hospitality, love what is good, and be reasonable, ethical, godly, and self-controlled. They must pay attention to the reliable message as it has been taught to them so that they can encourage people with healthy instruction and refute those who speak against it. (Titus 1:1-9, CEB)

Who would measure up to these standards?

Without fault.
Faithful to partner
Have Children that are not self-indulgent or rebellious
Not stubborn
Not irritable
not addicted to anything
Not a bully
Not greedy

Who among us meets this list? Faithful to our partner might be the only one any of us could actually say we do, unless we take Jesus’ expansion of the 10 commandments and say if you thought about someone other than your partner in an unfaithful way towards your partner now that one is shot too.

We all have faults, and our children are human so they will have faults too, and we can be stubborn, irritable, we are all addicted to something, and we can bully and have tendencies to be greedy.

If we strive to show hospitality, love what is good, be reasonable, ethical, godly, and self-controlled then we are doing what we can.

We all fall short but if we strive to live as God intended then we are showing the world a better way.

Loving People. Loving God.

Published by asacredrebel

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