Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday - Feb 18 - Tiffany

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Leviticus 7-8; Psalm 35; Mark 7
Today's scripture focus is Titus 2:1-5

Titus 2:1-5

 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
The ladies fellowship group I attend has taken the Titus 2 woman as our example in what we aim to be each day.  It is honestly refreshing to get a new focus on what we, as women, are called to be, leaving the Proverbs 31 woman behind a bit. Because of my group's focus, I was excited to have these verses fall on a Tuesday!
Speaking to all people (not just women), while the Titus verses are split between guidance for men and guidance for women, I believe we can all take wisdom from these 5 verses.
The lists of virtues benefit everyone: temperate; self control; sound in faith, love and endurance; reverent; teaching what is good; and urging others to live this way as well.
These verses remind me of 1 Timothy 6:11-12 - "But you, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith...."
Paul obviously felt this was the way to go.  He instructs two young disciples to follow the same virtues, to pass these virtues on to others. 
In our house we have 3 goals for each day: godliness, character, and contentment.  Be a person who loves God first, be a person of character, be a person content with what God has given you.
While Jesus instructs us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself,, I'm thankful for Paul's instruction on character to help us with the details each day.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Titus 2:6-10
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Leviticus 9-10; Psalm 36; Mark 8

1 comment:

TammyIsBlessed said...

Appreciated MacArthur's quote that in contrast to the false teachers and their lives...
Teach the practical requirements for every day life that suit true doctrine. You can't just fill people's head with theology. You must be truly useful by teaching the required behavior that is consistent with sound doctrine. Healthy teaching, yes. And then instruction about healthy living.

The truth we believe must impact the way we live.