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A case for holy living

Titus 2:6 -10

Pastor, Julius D. Twongyeirwe


A case for holy living is the basis for Paul’s instruction to Titus in 2:1 that he must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine, teaching the older men and women to exhibit godliness, and the younger women to be excellent home builders. Paul urges Titus to set an example for the young men. A case for holy living is the object behind Paul’s instruction for slaves in their dealings with their masters.

The main attribute of God we want the unsaved to understand is that He is a Savior and to convince a man God can save, I need to show him a man He saved. Righteous living is the backbone of the gospel we preach and the apostle Paul understood that. When we live in obedience to God, that in itself will be a testimony against wrong. That is the compelling reason we ought to live holy lives

Paul sets forth evangelism as the motive for holy living because holy living honors God's Word. As Paul instructs Titus regarding different age groups in the church, he says in Titus 2:5 that the young women are to act in such a way "so that the word of God may not be dishonored (or blasphemed)". Paul is saying that we should not allow unbelievers to mock, ignore, or totally reject God's Word. And how we live will directly affect whether people will honor or dishonor God’s Word.

Paul arrays into view that evangelism is the motive for holy living because this silences the opposition. He gives the reason behind holy living saying, "so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us" (Titus 2:8). Paul is saying that those who would wish to criticize us should be put to shame, and emphasizes the opponent's utter embarrassment over having no just criticism. Opponents of Christianity love to gloat when Christians cause a scandal, but holy living cannot allow them that opportunity.

Paul continues to display that evangelism is the motive for holy living because it makes the Gospel attractive. He states this reason for holy living in Titus 2:10 saying, "That they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect." To "adorn" refers to making something beautiful. Paul is implying that the credibility of the Christian gospel is inseparably linked to the integrity of the lives of those who proclaim it.

We must devote ourselves to the task of lifting up the reputation of our God and Savior by living such holy lives. The proper strategy for our evangelization is not methodological. A powerful church is not built on its strategy, but on the virtue and holiness of its people. We reach the world through epitomizing virtue, godliness, holiness, and a purity of life that makes our faith and God's Word believable.

What we believe is linked to how we live, and how we live is directly linked to the effectiveness of our gospel proclamation.

Making salvation attractive is a high calling, and we will fail in that endeavor unless we can demonstrate that we have indeed been delivered from sin. Rebuking sin in others without an accompanying lifestyle of righteousness is the greatest hypocrisy. But lives characterized by purity, power, and joy reflect the order, beauty, and power of a saving God. When we make salvation beautiful, we make God attractive. When the world sees people who are holy, righteous, peaceful, joyful, and fulfilled, they see the evidence of God's transforming power.