June 1, 2019

What I read today;

Titus 2-3; Luke 18; Hosea 8-9; Proverbs 2; Job 34; Deuteronomy 5

I have to constantly remind myself to let go of anger.  It’s easy to get caught up in silly and petty quarrels.  It’s easy to let emotion and gossip take over our hearts.  It’s even easier to call into question peoples motives and to let our internal Pharisee begin to point accusing fingers at other people.

That’s why when I read Titus 3 vs. 1-3 and 9-11, it’s crucial for me to take them to heart.  It’s essential for me to not become that Pharisee who wants to accuse everyone of their sins and ignore my own.  It’s easy to build myself up by tearing someone else down.

So every day, I need to focus on Titus 3 vs. 4-8 and apply it to my own life.  I need to learn it and live it to keep my inner Pharisee where he belongs.  Buried deep inside me under lock and key.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is sure.  I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.” NRSV

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