Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Comment: Titus is given a 3-fold charge in relationship to the church of which he is the leader. He is to speak, encourage and discipline with authority.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
Comment: At the end of this short passage Paul again reminds his readers (and us) of how gracious God has been in providing forgiveness and salvation for His people. And he does this to strengthen and underpin what he has just said about how Christians should live in society. He talks about submission to authority; courtesy, graciousness, and a non- augmentative nature with those who are not believers; Remembering that their own good standing in the sight of God has nothing to do with self-worth. Before God touched their lives they were just like the unbelievers. Good works cannot save anyone but they, and we, are are called to do good works.
Prayer: May my living honour and not disappoint You, O my Father!