Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
This portion of Titus 2 barely scratches the surface of our calling in Christ. Our behavior today is so foreign to the words of this chapter, that we could call it irrelevant. Could, but shouldn’t. Paul is telling the “Church” how to behave in society, by the teaching we should be receiving in our homes from our moms and dads and grandparents. The entire chapter is calling us to “BEHAVE”, and to behave in a certain way. God’s Word instructs us in the way we should go.
We are to be sober, temperate, loving, patient, not silly, holy, teachers of good, chaste, responsible homekeepers, discreet, sound in our doctrine, sincere, not contrary, not a thief, peculiar and zealous of good works. Then we are also to exhort one another to these attributes.
In exhorting one another, we must also be accountable to one another. If we have fellowship with other believers on a regular basis, we have a measuring stick for our behavior, or should. We want to present to the watching world a community of faith that is not ashamed of the Gospel and not ashamed of their behavior toward one another. Keeping ourselves accountable helps us to live a holy life. This Scripture addresses old and young, male and female, employer and employees alike. If we carry the name of “Christian”, the action of our life speaks more than our words. The world will know us by the love we have for one another. Regard and respect for others is a strong drawing card to those who are watching.