Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Comment: Paul puts a stop to the often quoted ‘ Do as I say, not as I do!’ Titus is called upon to be an excellent example of what he is challenged to teach. What a blessing if this is true of a leader! But then he deals with a special part of society, many of whom in those times were slaves. They are challenged to be good faithful workers, but the underlying driving force is to glorify God.
Then follows a reminder of the way God has shown in the past in graciously providing salvation. In the future the fantastic promised return in great glory of our Saviour Jesus. And in the present Paul reminds us of the quality of living God expects from us.
Prayer: Help us, O Father, to be one in understanding and practical living. All true to Your ways.