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A Titus 2 Journey ~ Week 5 ~good works & obedience

Titus 2.3-5 ~ good works and obedience

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.   Titus 2. 3-5

Titus 2 ~ Week Five

Action: Read the Titus-2 Journey verses:  Titus 2.3-5

♥ This Week’s Verses:  Again, Titus 2.3-5

Last week you were to focus on the “our part” of the instruction: that of receiving and applying the teaching.
Our understanding and application of the teaching we receive will be evident in our character and behaviour.    When faced with instruction there is necessary action to be taken or response to be given.  God’s Word is living, it’s purpose is to instruct us in righteousness that we will be thoroughly furnished unto all *good works.

This is a sometimes volatile issue, works — or good works.  When I talk about the outworking or works or good works, it will be in the context of obedience, doing the work the Lord has called us to do.  This is not a ‘salvation issue’ but an obedience issue.  For by grace are we saved, through faith, and not of ourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2.8-10)

Obedience always requires us to give up our ways and seek His ways.

When we receive and apply instruction, others are often aware or even affected by changes we make or have made in our lives.  Sometimes changes we make may cause a negative reaction in others.  They may question our motives, convictions, or changes and may feel inferior or sensitive that their behavior /decisions stand in judgment or condemnation if convictions differ. This happens within ‘the church’ and without, as well.  We need to be gracious in all our ways.  And not surprised when others are offended or think it’s strange that we don’t go along as we may once have done. (1Peter 4.4)

 

Thoughts for discussion:

  • Have you noticed you’re feeling convicted by one or any number of things from reading and rereading the Titus 2 passage over and over?
  • Have you been prodded to make a change, a new work, new or renewed obedience?  Willing to share it?
  • How do you handle the negative reactions of others to changes/decisions/convictions you make or maintain?
  • If you have received criticism (negative) have you remained gracious in your thoughts and speech?
  • Do you bring (undue?) criticism upon yourself?
  • How to you handle praise for positions you hold?

A little deeper

  •  Are there changes you perceive the LORD convicting you to make that you are nervous/anxious/fearful to make?
  • What does your husband think/say?  **
  • What should your next action be?

Affirmations/Decisions for the week ahead:

  • In the coming week I purpose to:________________________________________

Prayer

 

 

  • **[Have you noticed I regularly ask you to communicate these things or ask your husband his opinion or suggestions?  There’s a very good reason for this.]

 

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