I’m working hard at getting fitter in my late 60’s. But how much effort am I spending on getting spiritually healthy? A major theme of the little epistle of Titus deals with soundness of soul. Let’s look at our next section of this incredible letter:
Here in Chapter three we see our “B.C.” condition (before Christ). Eight awful adjectives are used to describe us in our unsaved reality. We were foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
But God didn’t leave us that way! In His kindness and love (v. 4) our Savior appeared and saved us! He didn’t save us because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy (v. 5). The Holy Spirit washed and renewed us and was “poured out generously” on us (v. 6). We have now been “justified by his grace” (v. 7) and have become “heirs having the hope of eternal life” (v. 7).
That is what has happened to us! That’s the truth about what we were and what we are now in Christ. And that kind of healthy good news ought to sink into our spiritual bones and cause us to rejoice!
Stress is a major factor in negatively impacting the health of many people. But “stress” can also be a verb. And Paul challenges Titus to “stress these things” (v. 8). We are to focus upon and emphasize these truths so that those who have made this transition out of darkness into His light “may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good” (v. 8). Realization and practical response are required of the healthy believer who enjoys soundness of soul! (to be continued)