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Trustworthy Titus

I would happily spend until I had nothing left if it was for you. But just because I love you more, should you love me less? Because even though you didn’t have to lift a finger for me, lies abound that I deceived you by some clever act. Did I cheat you somehow through one of the coworkers I sent your way? If any of them defrauded you, I’d like to see it. I was the one who insisted Titus come to you with the brother I sent along. Did Titus take advantage of you in some way? Didn’t we work in the same spirit and follow the same direction? (vv. 15-18)

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Categories: 2 Corinthians, Titus

Titus’ Burden

I praise God who lovingly burdened Titus’s heart for you just as He did mine. You see, when we approached him about you, he eagerly stepped up, not only because of our request but because of his own desire to help. We’re also sending with him a brother who is well known among the gatherings of believers because of how well he proclaims the good news. And there’s more you should know: he has been handpicked by the churches to accompany us as we carry on this work of grace. All this is being done for the glory of the Lord and to show our own good will. We’re being careful so that no one can claim that we are mishandling the funds we’ve collected. For we are taking every precaution to remain aboveboard—not only in the Lord’s eyes, but in the eyes of the people too. So we are also sending another brother who’s proven himself time and again. He’s certainly trustworthy and enthusiastic for the gospel; and after hearing about all you are doing, he’s even more excited because he has confidence in you. If anyone asks about Titus, he’s my partner and coworker in this ministry to you. If there’s any question about who the other brothers and sisters are, they are emissaries of the churches, traveling to bring glory to the Anointed One, our Liberating KingSo welcome them before the community in love; show the churches they represent that I have not exaggerated your charity and kindness (vv. 16-24).

Collaborating with Titus

That’s why we asked Titus to finish what he started among you regarding this gracious work of charity (v. 6).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, charity, Titus

Bragging to Titus

Now if I have bragged in the past about you to Titus, I have nothing to be ashamed of. Just as we’ve spoken the whole truth to you, I’m glad to know that our boasts to Titus about you have proven true as well. His love for you overflows even more as he recalls your obedience and how you respectfully and somewhat nervously, with fear and trembling, took him in. I have great joy now because I have great confidence in you (vv. 14-16).

Categories: 2 Corinthians, Titus

No Condemnation

I am not writing these things to condemn you, as I said before. Our hearts embrace you, so we stand beside you whether facing life or death. I am completely confident and incredibly proud of you. Even in all this turbulence I am at peace—I am overflowing with joy.

When we came into Macedonia, we were completely worn out—under attack from every angle—nagging opposition on the outside, our own nagging fears from the inside. But God, who comforts the downcast, brought us comfort when Titus arrived from Corinth.We were relieved, not just to see him, but because he told us how he was encouraged to learn about your longing, your grieving, and your continued enthusiasm for me. So these were all more reasons for me to rejoice! (vv. 3-7)

Qualities of a Church Leader

An elder must be without blame. He must be faithful to his wife. His children must be believers. They must not give anyone a reason to say that they are wild and don’t obey.

A church leader is trusted with God’s work. That’s why he must be without blame. He must not look after only his own interests. He must not get angry easily. He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must not try to get money by cheating people.

Instead, he must welcome people into his home. He must love what is good. He must control his mind and feelings. He must do what is right. He must be holy. He must control what his body longs for. The message as it has been taught can be trusted. He must hold firmly to it. Then he will be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up. He will be able to prove that people who oppose it are wrong (Titus 1:6-9, NIrV).

Categories: Church, Leadership, Titus

Urgent Needs

Paul writes, in verses 14-15, that people should do good so that they can provide for people’s urgent needs.

This is as good a reason as any to work hard.

Categories: paul, Titus
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