"God, that cannot lie," Titus 1:2.
I'm asking you sugar would I lie-ie-ie-ie to you? Sorry, retro throwback musical lyrics. God is not able to lie. If He decided He wanted to then He could. But He has decided that He won't. It's contrary to His nature. And lying should be contrary to ours as we allow ourselves to be molded into His image.
"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5.
I'm feeling rather triumphant reading that passage, how about you? We are totally doing that, girls. It's what we Triumphant Chicks are all about. Yay us.
"A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject..." Titus 3:10.
One thing that bugs me is the idea that Christians have to take everything people dish out at us. We're expected to be loving and keep taking abuse. Like a bobblehead or a puppet. Cause we're such sweet little faithful people with no common sense. That's not what God would have for us. An "heretick" can be defined as a person who is determined to hold strong opinions that are contrary to Scripture. The passage in Titus is telling us that after admonishing that person a couple of times, we might need to ask God if it is time to break away from him or her. These things take prayerful wisdom in a case by case basis. It cannot be applied to marriage. Bottom line is, I'm not frolicking with toxic people. I would like to think the difference between Christians and the rest of the world, in light of this Titus 3 passage, would be three things:
1. We are grieved rather than feisty.
2. We do not gossip about that person.
3. We are ready to welcome them with open arms if they come around to embracing God's ways.
We can say to the book of Philemon: "Philemon? You are my one and only." It's only got one chapter. Philemon was as I understand it, a wealthy slave owner and Paul is writing to him in this short little book of the Bible. "I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints." Philemon 1:4-5.
Wow, Paul was kind of gushy for a dude. We can also observe from this book of the Bible that America did not invent slavery.
"I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds..." Philemon 1:10.
Philemon's slave Onesimus escaped and Paul mentored him in Christ. That's all I know.