The Book of Titus; Chapter 2
Matthew 5:44. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”.
Oh my goodness, this chapter is good. And it has a lot to unpack. Seriously, read this whole chapter, there is nothing in it that isn’t powerful. But the particular passage that hit me hard were verses 6-8. These verses are speaking particularly to young men since the passage breaks down different demographics and speaks to them individually. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t apply to the rest of us as well. So, if you happen to not be a young man, (even if you’re young at heart) we can all use this passage to evaluate our life and how others respond to us. These verses begin with a list of attributes to live by so that ultimately those that oppose us will have no bad thing to say about us (that is true).
Here is what we can do after reading this chapter. I want you to think about those that “oppose you” as the Scripture puts it. Because whether we like it or not maybe there is some grain of truth to their complaint. If there isn’t and they oppose you simply because they dislike you without reason, then their complaints don’t matter. But if there is a grain of truth, then that truth about ourselves needs to be brought to light and challenged. Think of it from the standpoint of your own personal ministry. The exact people that you want to love, pray for, and win to Jesus are your enemies. Jesus even says so in Matthew 5:44. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”. Think about how amazing of a testimony it would be if you were able to lead those exact people to Jesus. Now, I know that looking for the truth in the criticisms is not an easy thing and can actually be quite painful. But if we take the time to do that, bring our faults to light, and challenge them with love your witness in the community will increase tenfold. This whole Christianity thing is not for the lighthearted, we have to strive for greatness. And the great thing is that this greatness is nothing more than being the person that God created you to be. He created you to be you and you have a unique opportunity to witness to the people around you about the love of Jesus.
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