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Summary: It is possible to live a life that God approves of! But only because of what He has done. With God’s help we can live in such a way that God will get the attention! People should be able to look at our lives & say, “Look what the Lord has done.

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Look What the Lord Has Done!

Titus 3:1-7 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Intro: I’ve heard people say, “I would become a Christian if it weren’t for Christians.” There have been times when I’ve seen the logic in that statement all too clearly. Sometimes Christians can be the meanest, most arrogant, and most selfish people around! How do I know that? Because I’ve been mean, arrogant, and selfish at times since I became a follower of Jesus. Shocking, I know. But how do Christians get this way? How can we follow a loving, forgiving Savior, but treat others as if they have no worth? How can we keep jumping back in the mud when God has made us clean?

-Well, it is not my aim to get into all the ways we can get off track with the Lord. But it is my aim to help us take steps to get back on track and honor Him with our lives! It is possible to live a life that God approves of! But it is only possible b/c of what He has done. With God’s help we can live in such a way that God will get the attention! People should be able to look at our lives and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” Paul gives Titus some reminders for the people of God in Crete to help them resist the influence of their culture and live for the Lord. Let’s take a look!

1. Remember How to Live

Titus 3:1-2 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

-Live in a way that honors God and helps people see Who He is! (1-2)

2. Remember how you used to live! (3)

Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

1. Foolish. A foolish person lacks understanding, or literally, one who is senseless or “not having a mind.” A lost person is described in Ephesians 4:18: “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” No matter how smart someone is, if they are not alive spiritually, they are considered foolish. Proverbs 10:23: “A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.”


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