• Relating to Secular Authority Devotional

    Titus 3:1

    It is important that we never confuse the kingdoms of this world with the kingdom of God. We do not submit to earthly authorities because they have an inherent right to lead but because the Creator has established them for our welfare. Are you thankful that the Lord uses the state to restrain anarchy even when you do not like the rulers in office? Let us strive to be grateful that the world has not devolved into utter lawlessness by seeking to uphold the law. View Resource

  • Christian Courtesy Devotional

    Titus 3:2

    Christian courtesy, this passage tells us, includes not speaking evil of anyone, something that is hard to do when others are gossiping. Let us, as followers of the Lord who was slandered unjustly, refuse to participate in speaking evil of other people. May we be the first to object when rumors and innuendo are spread, and may we also not air the dirty laundry of other people. In this way we protect others from harm. View Resource

  • Our Former Lives Devotional

    Titus 3:3

    Calvin also reminds us that “they who have now been enlightened by the Lord, being humbled by the remembrance of their former ignorance, should not exalt themselves proudly over others, or treat them with greater harshness and severity than that which, they think, ought to have been exercised towards themselves, when they were what those now are.” May the grace of our Lord toward us move us to be full of grace with all people. View Resource

  • God’s Goodness and Kindness Devotional

    Titus 3:4

    The goodness of God refers both to His moral purity and to His faithfulness in providing salvation for people enslaved to sin and misery. If our goodness is to be a reflection of His, we must be known for our love, our holiness, and our readiness to show mercy to others. We miss the mark when we emphasize purity without pardon or forgive without any corresponding concern for righteousness. Are you known as a righteous person who is also full of mercy? View Resource

  • God’s Initiative in Justification Devotional

    Titus 3:4–6

    God uses Word and sacrament, according to His good pleasure, to create and sustain faith in His elect. We will benefit from God’s promises only by faith, so merely hearing God’s Word preached and receiving baptism and the Lord’s Supper guarantee nothing. But these things necessarily reveal the promises of God, and our faith cannot be sustained without them. View Resource

  • The Grace Of Justification Devotional

    Titus 3:4–7

    We will cover justification in more detail in the weeks ahead. For now, let us note how critical it is that we know our good works do not and cannot justify us. The very honor of Christ is at stake in this. If we suggest our works are necessary for justification, we are saying what Christ gives us is insufficient, which denigrates His work. By upholding justification by grace alone, we are honoring the Lord Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • The Washing of Regeneration Devotional

    Titus 3:5

    Today’s passage is a proof text for question and answer 71 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which, in accord with Scripture, calls baptism “the water of rebirth” and “the washing away of sins.” People can be saved without being baptized if, for reasons beyond their control, they are unable to get baptized. But the New Testament knows of no true convert who consciously refuses baptism. If you trust Jesus but have never been baptized, you must receive the sign and seal of baptism. View Resource

  • The Work of the Holy Spirit Devotional

    Titus 3:5

    Apart from the transforming power of the Holy Spirit we are enslaved to the primal human sin of refusing to give thanks to God (Rom. 1:21). But when the Spirit gives us a new heart and the gift of faith, we are empowered to offer our whole lives as an expression of thanksgiving for our redemption. As such, we should be looking for ways to thank the Lord in word and in deed. How are you going to make your life an expression of thanks to God this day? View Resource

  • Justifying Grace Devotional

    Titus 3:6–7

    Matthew Henry comments on Paul’s statement in Titus 3:6 that the Holy Spirit has been poured upon His people richly: “A measure of the Spirit the church has had in all ages, but more since the coming of Christ, than before.” We live in the era for which the prophets longed, the era in which all believers abundantly enjoy the Spirit. As we seek the Spirit to equip us, we are enabled to taste the life to come and to accomplish great things for God’s kingdom. View Resource

  • Good Works that Profit Devotional

    Titus 3:8

    Authentic theology motivates us to do good works and gives us the ability to discern what kind of works are truly good from God’s perspective. Oftentimes we find ourselves motivated by what feels good now, but this is short sighted; we need biblical wisdom to discern what feels good from what is good. Similarly, something is wrong with us or our theology if our studies do not lead us to help others. Knowledge without love puffs up (1 Cor. 8:1). View Resource

  • Dealing with Controversy Devotional

    Titus 3:9

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  • Unprofitable Works Devotional

    Titus 3:9

    John Calvin says, “In doctrine, therefore, we should always have regard to usefulness, so that everything that does not contribute to godliness shall be held in no estimation.” This means that we must discern when it is useful to debate a fool and when it is pointless to do so (Prov. 26:4–5). It also means that we know which matters are essential for growth in godliness. May we never be guilty of majoring on the minors in our teaching and study. View Resource

  • Dealing with Divisive People Devotional

    Titus 3:10–11

    John Calvin writes, “Neither shall we have a right to pronounce a man to be a heretic, nor shall we be at liberty to reject him, till we have first endeavored to bring him back to sound views.” The pronouncement of heresy must be slow in coming and only after we have tried to restore an errant brother or sister to the truth. Are you quick to call someone a heretic on even minor matters when they disagree with you? May we never compromise charity when we stand for truth. View Resource

  • Learning to Do Good Works Devotional

    Titus 3:12–14

    Matthew Henry writes, “Christianity is not a fruitless profession. It is not enough that they be harmless, but they must be productive, doing good, as well as eschewing evil.” Believers should be known as the most productive people of all, those who look for opportunities to do good everyday and not those who simply wait for needs to show up. Are you about the business of looking for needs you can meet in the ordinary course of your day? View Resource

  • Final Greetings to Titus Devotional

    Titus 3:15

    Take time today to skim through Titus and reflect on the ways the grace of God has been manifested in your life both in your salvation and in the many gifts that have been given to you. Express your thanks to Him for His many blessings and consider how you might offer to Him a life of service that benefits the church and your non-Christian neighbors. Be confident that the grace that saves us also enables us to please our Father in heaven. View Resource