Maintain Good Works
Verse 1 – Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
Verse 2 – to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle showing all humility to all men.
As Christians, we as well as what Paul was telling the Christians back then, are to obey laws that are not contrary to the word of God. And a Christian should not have to be coaxed, or persuaded to do good to others.
“Speak no evil of no one” – we are not supposed to make a person’s bad traits more prominent, and pass over all that is good. I suppose, we should stick to that old saying, “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all.” (I would be wise to follow that advice.)
Verse 3 – For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in, malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
When a person becomes a true believer, yes, their personality and character will change. When the Holy Spirit places a new heart into that person at conversion, you will see a change. If you don’t and that person continues in a hateful, deceitful, sinful life-style, I doubt they were truly ever born-again. There must be a transformation.
Verse 4 – But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
Verse 5 – not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Verse 6 – whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Verse 7 – that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
God’s mercy saved us, not our works. His mercy came when He sent Jesus to take our sins upon Himself. And after the cleansing of God’s Holy Spirit, we have the hope of eternal life with Christ.
Verse 8 – This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
This verse not only means to be kind and charitable, but to live a holy life.
Verse 9 – But avoid foolish disputes; genealogies, contentions, and striving about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
Paul didn’t want Titus to get into arguments about petty things that amounted to nothing. Some of the false teachers were basing their heresies on genealogies and speculations about the law.
Verse 10 – Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,
Verse 11 – knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
A person who is causing division in the church should be corrected. If they do not repent and change after confronting them, they are to be cut off from the fellowship of others.
Verse 12 – When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
Verse 13 – Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste, that they may lack nothing.
Verse 14 – and let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
Verse 15 – All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Good works and charitable acts are stressed throughout Scripture.