We should never look down on others because of their sins. Remember that it is probably only a short time since we were guilty of pretty much the same sorts of things! It is also only a very short and easy path to follow back to them. Paul tells Titus to remember that our association with sin should be over and done with as we are now children of God and under a new power, namely that of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will help us to grow in grace and righteousness on a daily basis.
1 Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise. 2 They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, 5 not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, 7 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
P S A L M
Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
R: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; 3 he refreshes my soul. (R) He guides me in right paths for his name?s sake. 4 Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. (R) 5 You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (R) 6 Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come. (R)
G O S P E L
All ten lepers are cured of their affliction. However, only one hears the words of salvation for his life, the one who returned to give thanks for the healing. It seems that we can very quickly forget the many good things that God has done for us. We do this to our own peril. Gratitude is something that is very important when it comes to having received so much from God. Surely if one has been healed of a supposedly incurable disease such as leprosy was in Jesus? time, one would be forever grateful for such a blessing. I hope we are more grateful than the nine who did not return to thank Jesus.
11 As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him 13 and raised their voice, saying, ?Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!? 14 And when he saw them, he said, ?Go show yourselves to the priests.? As they were going they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; 16 and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus said in reply, ?Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? 18 Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?? 19 Then he said to him, ?Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.?
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