Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
I acknowledge that the sins of my heart find Paul’s message to Titus in these two verses incredibly hard. And in my nearly 30 years of full-time and part-time ministry, it is uncommon to find a congregation that doesn’t struggle to live this out.
Paul tells us to slander no one and to be peaceable and considerate. In the Greek it also has the emphasis of “to avoid quarrels”. In other words, we are not to be offensive or argumentative in what we say and how we act. We are to be considerate and show real humility towards everyone…not just those who are always kind to us. We are to be gentle and even meek toward others. These are the characteristics of Jesus…are they not?
Literally we are to show “all gentleness to all men”…there is to be no limit to our kindness and humility.
It breaks my heart each time I deal with Christians who slander others or are argumentative and some who regularly create quarrels and divisions. Brothers and sisters, this should not be so.
My prayer for each of you is that you too will grow in gentleness and kindness toward others. I want people to think of me as gentle and kind. It is my prayer…and I hope that you will join me… that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in my heart to form the attitude of gentleness and meekness within me… AMEN.