“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”—Titus 2:7–8
Our actions are an important part of our Christian lives, central to our testimony. Paul demonstrated this when he wrote that those who believe in God are to “engage in good deeds” (Titus 3:8 NASB), actions that show the difference Christ makes.
Paul described the importance of showing “a pattern” of good works. The Greek word here is the source of the English word type, meaning tendencies, and models after which something can be made.
Paul wrote that every aspect of our lives should show these patterns. We establish patterns in everything we do. Our lives are to be models that can be copied so people can know what to do simply by imitating us.
In the things we believe, we are to show “integrity, reverence, incorruptibility.” We must not allow our faith to be corrupted by inappropriate lifestyles or words.
We need to show godly patterns using “sound speech that cannot be condemned.” Our words should be so sincere, honest, and full of integrity “that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.” Paul also warned that some people “profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him” (Titus 1:16 NASB).
Ask God to help you leave a record of words and deeds that point people directly back to Jesus. Provide an example for others to follow, so they might be drawn closer to Him.
Reflection Question: Is your life setting a godly pattern for others to follow?
Father, change my life. Help me put Your principles into practice. Use me to demonstrate that the Gospel is true. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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