Reminders are great! I need them all the time. I have found that I never, ever need a reminder for something that is easy or natural for me to do. I need them most when I have something unusual to do. I also need them when, to tell the truth, I have something to do that I would rather avoid. We have such a reminder here in Titus 3. In this chapter Paul reminds Titus, and us, that the Lord calls us to be submissive, obedient, and winsome when we would rather not.
This theme continues into the Book of Philemon. The last thing any of us wants to do is extend love, mercy, and reconciliation to those who have wronged us in some way. Yet this is exactly what Paul asks Philemon to do. Paul appeals to Philemon to receive Onesimus, his runaway slave, not as a fugitive liable to legal punishment, but rather as a brother. Amazing how relationships among those in the church are radically transformed in the light of the reconciliation we have all received through the Lord!
Let’s all of us look for opportunities this week to pursue love and reconciliation with other brothers and sisters, especially when we would rather not. Allow these words and appeal to drive each of us to love better and love more.
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|Colossians 1||1 Thess. 1||2 Thess. 1-2||1 Timothy 1||2 Timothy 1||Titus 1|
|Colossians 2||1 Thess. 2||2 Thess. 3||1 Timothy 2||2 Timothy 2||Titus 2|
|Colossians 3||1 Thess. 3||1 Timothy 3||2 Timothy 3|
|Colossians 4||1 Thess. 4-5||1 Timothy 4||2 Timothy 4|
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In His Grace,