Daily email from the Vicar Number 131

It’s Tuesday, and you are saying quite rightly isn’t today Roger’s day off?  Should he be sending the daily email today?
Well thank you very much for asking, but I wrote this last night, and only had to press a button this morning!
I wanted to finish the letter to Titus today, and then Derek has kindly agreed to do a stint on the daily email starting tomorrow, so we look forward to that.
So our reading today is Titus Chapter 3, but particularly concentrating on the beginning and the end of the chapter, verses 1-2 and verses 9-15.
We saw yesterday again the wonder and the glory of the gospel, that the Lord saves us and renews us, not because we deserve it, but because of His mercy and grace.
But in response to His saving work in us, we look to please Him by who we are and what we do, and 3 times in this chapter God’s people are encouraged to be ready or to devote (strong word) ourselves to doing what is good (verses 1, 8, 14).
Verses 2 spells this out the most, ‘to slander no-one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility towards all men’, and v.14 adds, ‘to provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives’.
No one can argue against such teaching, it is universal, so let us get on with it!
And verses 9-11 spell out the opposite of this, getting involved with needless and divisive arguments and quarrels, which we are to avoid.
And I love the personal nature of the final remarks; 4 men are mentioned, 2 of them, Tychicus and Apollos, are known elsewhere in the NT; the other 2, Artemas and Zenas the lawyer, aren’t mentioned anywhere else, only here; but such details give a ring of truth to the whole letter.
In our prayers, we remember again some of our overseas connections, Fidel & Christine and the children in Kenya, Hannah, now finally back in North Africa, praise the Lord, Saw (our Crosslinks student) in Myanmar, and Frank & Val in Nazareth.
And so over to Derek tomorrow..
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