Thursday, February 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 February 15

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” 
(Titus 2:1-15).

Today’s Morsel: Paul’s instructions to his protégées Timothy and Titus was to teach and to preach sound doctrine. Paul knew Jesus had taught to beware of false prophets (Matthews 7:15).  He knew that the Judaizing teachers not only taught a false doctrine, but they led an unholy lifestyle as well; much like we see today.  He wanted Titus to act directly opposite to their teaching and lifestyle.  He wanted him to teach a sound and sacred doctrine, and the things which would proceed from it.  He must proclaim the truth and illustrate that truth by his life.  And that the people must not only be well instructed, but they must be holy in their lives as well, as sound doctrine always produces a good lifestyle. Principles are taught and practices often go hand and hand.

Sing: He’s changing me, my blessed Savior, I’m not the same person that I use to be.  Well, it’s been slow going, but there a knowing that someday perfect I will be.

Thought For Today:  Principles and practices often go hand and hand.

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