Before we begin, let me say Happy Father's Day to all the dads.
This was our Bible study for this week. Paul's comments to Titus. I just love the last few sentences. I'll highlight it for you. This is hard for me because I sometimes want to keep "making my point".
Titus 3: 1-11 from The Message
Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights, God's people should be bighearted and courteous.
It wasn't so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God's gift has restored our relationship with him and gave us back our lives. And there's more to come - an eternity of Life! You can count of this.
I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets us nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with it. It's obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God. By persisting in divisiveness he cuts himself off.
Don't forget to visit Dianna for more Saint and Scriptures Sunday today.