3 Remind them xto be submissive to rulers and authorities, yto be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 zto speak evil of no one, ato avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and bto show perfect courtesy toward all people.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Tt 3:1–2). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
There is an obligation as a follower of Christ to represent the very values expected of them which Christ Himself has shown as an example. These qualities are the opposite of our wicked and sinful nature, and despite Titus reminder to the Christians in Crete about their obligation as Christian, the motivating force behind it, is the acknowledgment of the Grace of God in our lives. Being grateful and in the spirit of Thanksgiving help us to relate to people around us in a Christ-centered humility, that we can do what was instructed to us in the scriptures. Be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, speak evil of no one, avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy to everyone. It is a “TALL” order but it is not just easy, it is natural when we live out Grace of God in our lives with a humility that reflects from such intimate walk with God.
I pray that I will submit to authorities, to be obedient in following the laws of the land, to be ready for every good work, and importantly, speak evil of no one, (Tough for me cos I can be a vengeful person), avoid quarrelling (especially with my wife), to be gentle, and to show perfect (Oh) courtesy to everyone. Amen.