Titus 3 (Listen)
3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
“But avoid foolish controversies…for they are unprofitable and worthless” (Titus 3:9).
Do you know someone who engages in foolish controversies or stirs up trouble? Are you that person? It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of this type of drama. Pride and insecurity are often at the heart of this type of behavior. Paul, however, strongly suggests (in fact, insists!) in v. 8 that we devote ourselves to good works. He describes good works as being excellent and profitable. Why wouldn’t we want to choose good works instead of foolishness? Good works are life-giving, beneficial, and produce good fruit. We have been saved by God’s good work in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must respond, not with foolishness, but with good works. Why would we choose to live a life that is unprofitable and worthless? We have been set free to live a good life, filled with good works that are beneficial for all and glorify God.