Read: Titus 2:11-3:15
Titus 3:2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
Paul, writing to Titus, coaches him on what to teach the people in the church in Crete. He covers the basics of faith, redemption through grace in Christ, and many topics about how to live the Christian life.”They should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.” That’s how we Jesus followers should live. Humble and gentle. Reminiscent of the sermon on the mount, the fruit of the spirit, the love chapter, and the life of Christ.
This is the opposite of the world, and in all honesty it’s hard to do. In the face of being slandered, in the face of being wronged, in the face of injustice and brutality, how do we maintain an attitude of gentleness and humility? Heck it’s hard to be gentle and humble under the best of circumstances.
In reality, gentleness and humility are a divine enablement, but also a choice and virtues to be developed. That means that you have a part to play, and God has a part to play in you living this way.
Your part is choosing in advance to respond to wrongs with gentleness and humility, and then practicing these traits on a daily basis, through good times and bad. God’s part is shaping your character from the inside out by the work of the Holy Spirit. His work in you will transform you to be more and more like Jesus.
You can’t get there on your own or in your own strength, but you will never get there if you don’t make a conscious decision, if you don’t work at it, and if you don’t submit to the work of the Spirit in your life.
Choose today to live this way, and invite the spirit to transform you. It’s the way of God, and the way to change this world.
Jesus – I choose to live like you taught – as best I can. Please fill me and transform my character with your Holy Spirit, and make me more like you. In Jesus’ name, amen.