- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Titus 3
Do what is good.
Civil relationship (1-2) — “rulers and authorities” refers to all forms of state government. As one with authority in the Christian community, Titus in turn teach submission to governmental authorities (Romans 13:1).
Justified by his grace for doing good (3- 8) —- “Doing good” is the theme, repeatedly emphasized in Titus and in his other letters, on loving what is good, teaching what is good, and doing good actions. Doing good is in contrast with the people who are corrupted and unfit for doing anything good (1:16), or who live unproductive life (3:14). Doing good is the result of being saved by God through Jesus Christ, being made righteous by the grace of God, and inheriting the hope of eternal life (3:3-7).
“Doing good” also must be a mark of leadership, teaching, and setting an example. Apostle Paul instructed Titus to do good for the people of Crete to learn to devote themselves to doing good, which characterizes the Christian life and results in a life of service.
Final remark (9-15)—This passage addresses Titus with final instructions and greetings, focusing on instructions for dealing with opponents, travel plans, instructions for believers to do good, and a typical letter closing with an exchange of greetings and blessings. Assist Apollos and Zonas are an opportunity for the Christian community in Crete to apply doing good by providing assistance and hospitality.
Avoid stupid controversies, genealogy and fight about the law was general instruction of Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 1:4)
“I decided to spend winter there,” (3:12) indicates that this letter was written just as winter was beginning and Apostle Paul was free to travel from imprisonment in Rome before he was arrested again.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.