Thursday, August 24, 2017

accord / adorn

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
Titus 2:1

From the proper teaching of sound doctrine flows the type of lifestyle that sets Christians apart in joy and holiness. After giving Titus this short command, Paul then goes on to describe the way lives within the Church look when sound doctrine is taught. He does this by describing the outcomes in several different people groups.

There are older men whose dignity, sober-mindedness, self-control, sound faith, sound love, and faithfulness are examples to all. There are older women whose behavior is reverent, not slanderous, and who can teach what is good by their lives. Younger women are devoted to husbands and family and exhibit self-control, kindness, respect, and hard work. Young men as well demonstrate self-control as models of good works. Teachers in the church are known for integrity, dignity, and sound speech. Members who are slaves model submission, so that their well-pleasing service without argument or thievery shows their good faith. And in these ways all these groups beautifully adorn the doctrine of Jesus Christ their Savior.

Dear Lord,
Your church adorns the gospel by living out sound doctrine visibly. Help me then, first as a follower of Jesus, to model that which follows sound doctrine. Help my life to show the transformative work of the cross and the power of Your resurrection. And as a leader, help me to help others in Your Church, Lord, do the same so that together we show the beauty of Jesus to the world.
Amen that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
Titus 2:10

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